mosc wrote:On the AMD sucess during that era, I don't credit AMD with much of it personally. Intel's own P3s out performed their P4s early on even with a health 40% clock advantage. It's also important to recognize the tremendous whole Intel backed itself into with it's decision to support exclusively RDRAM and not DDR memory for over a year. This placed early P4s further behind in power consumption and performance/dollar.
The P4 certainly helped AMD a lot, and gave it the edge, but AMD was already very competitive before the P4 came out. They didn't have quite the high end chips that Intel had, but they were still quite good, and definitely much better at price/performance.