Originally Posted by uOpt
AMD also gives us ECC support in desktop CPU and unlocked multipliers for cheap. Intel is on it's first generation of reasonably priced unlocked multiplier CPUs and that party will be over if AMD goes out.
I don't buy into the whole "If AMD goes, intel and NVIDIA will put the screws to us!" position.
intel and NVIDIA need us to keep buying their products on a regular basis to keep their doors open, so they can't just say "Haha, you are all screwed. Our new price points are $1000,$2000, and $3000, pay it or do without.".
The number of people who would pay that would be too small to cover their overhead. (especially in a world wide recession)