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Letters
It's what's inside that counts

I have upgraded my computer every summer for the past three years, adding memory, various components and faster processors as needed. What I look for is a combination of power, reliability and price. Consequently, I have used CPUs from all three of the major manufacturers (Cyrix, AMD and Intel), to varying degrees of success. I think I will go back to the AMD chip, because I am more influenced by price than by reputation. All of the benchmarks seem equal to (or better than) the Pentiums, so why pay the extra for "Intel Inside"?

Gary White

via the Internet

Personally I'm rooting for AMD. I'm a technician, and like most techs I prefer to build my own machines. When I build my next one, I will most likely choose the K6.

Steve Hamel

via the Internet

I work for a systems manufacturer that builds and ships an average of 10,000 computers a month. I am in sales, so I am aware that our customers are a little scared of the AMD-K6. I attribute this to the problems of the K5 chip sold a year ago. Right now "Intel Inside" still commands the comfort that end-users like, and they are willing to pay for it. Many of our resellers work with the price-sensitive government, and even they don't ask for the less-expensive K6.

Corey J. Edmundson

via the Internet

Until one of Intel's competitors can prove it is better-supported, I'll stick with Intel. To me, it's like Microsoft Windows. I buy Windows over other operating systems because I have more flexibility-I can get what I want. I like that. I want products that will be supported now and in the future. Microsoft and Intel products do what I want, at the speed I want, and are supported by the systems in the places I go.

Alden R. Taylor

via the Internet

I think most of your magazine's readers will not rely on "Intel Inside" when choosing which computer to buy. I have an AMD 100MHz chip in my home-built computer, and it outperforms my friend's 133 "Intel Inside" machine. Novice buyers who do not understand the technical differences will indeed rely on the Intel logo in making their choices.

Bill Bartley

via America Online


Windows Magazine, October 1997, page 26.

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