Originally Posted by Rollo
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)
Yeah but they can still shut out the door unlocked multiplier or all overclocking for that matter.
And they can make wanting ECC really expensive and inconvenient. Have you tried assembling a single-socket 1155 Xeon system with ECC? Seen what kind of ridiculous offers there are in the mainboards section? How few slots? In $200 boards?
Of course cheap unlocked multipliers are a new thing even for AMD but their move got Intel rolling, too.