WW 793: AMD's Circular Slide Rule

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I wonder if the hate on AMD’s naming convention would have been as fierce had Apple’s event not just happened! If it was up to you guys AMD would have three processors for sale :roll_eyes:. Choice is a good thing.

I would rather see excruciating detail in naming convention than hyper-abstracted nonsensical marketing names. We saw the ugly side of over-simplification with Western Digital’s SMR debacle years ago. They figured why bother even telling people what they’re purchasing and it was not good.

This stuff isn’t for Leo’s radio callers anyway. There’s no reason for them to understand this, they’re going to buy pre-built systems and it’s up to the OEM to market the systems they build. To Paul’s car analogy - if an ordinary consumer goes to buy a Toyota Camry they’ll have no clue they purchased the one with a 2GR-FKS motor, they just know the trim level they got. But if I’m going to drop a motor into the car I’m building you can bet I’ll want a clear, highly detailed naming convention.

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European makers have been doing this for decades. BMW and Volvo being the most easily identifiable.

Volvo 2, 3, 4 & 7 etc. series, next was the number of cylinder (4 or 6) and lastly the number of doors (3, 4 or 5), although they dropped the door numbers sometime in the late 80s or early 90s.

So a 244 was a 2 series with 4 cylinder motor and 4 doors, the 264 the V6 version, the 343 was the compact 3 series with 3 doors and so on.

BMW use the series as the size (1,2,3,4,5,6,7), then the engine model - although not actual capacity! But the higher the number, the bigger the engine.

But the sheer numbers of processors, TDP, number of cores, hyperthreading, turbo, cache sizes, overclocking or not is more than is really needed, it is just overkill. The simplicity of the Apple line-up (at the moment) makes things much easier to compare, you have the base M model, the Pro, Max and Ultra.

Do you really need half a dozen high-end processors with more or less the same capabilities? I agree, on the Wintel side, you still need efficient low power chips and workstation chips, but all the ones in between?

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Paul T mentioned O&O Shutup for his app pic of the week.

I have had this one for a long time already. They have another good one
if you want to uninstall some of the Windows 10 & 11 apps.

O&O App Buster…

O&O App Buster removes Windows Apps you don’t want. Freeware.

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