Will they take the high road, and do what is best for their users, or get cross and shoot themselves in the foot. Answer? High velocity lead podiatry.
Yeah, Intel is said to have pulled all ATI parts from the launch tomorrow, turning the circus tent into a real political circus. If you read Rahul's Blog about it, you will see that up to a few days ago, Conroe + Crossfire was the gaming platform of choice for the new Intel era. That was Monday pre-8am EST though.
So, now ATI is forbidden from Intel semi-officially, and who wins? The user? Nope, SLI won't run on Intel chipsets (yet). Intel? Nope, they have a gaming event that will probably end up showing the awesome power of 4 monitors over high frame rates and resolution on a single monitor. The poor demo guy who has to put a few dozen Conroe + NV boxes together on a day's notice? Certainly not him, but guys, give him a raise.
Basically the Intel move shows that it is not about what is best for the customers, it is about petty spite. Things like this are ruining the industry, I couldn't agree with Rahul more, but I was kind of hoping that Intel would stand up and take the high road. Yeah, I know. µ
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