Ik kwam bij Ace's Hardware een posting tegen met inside info over de ware reden achter het besluit van Gateway om geen systemen met AMD processors meer te leveren:
". . . .There was only one reason that Gateway was shipping AMD product and that was to some insecurity at Intel. It worked but was very painful.
It was a horrible experience from a manufacturing standpoint. The qualification process was twice as long as a comparable Intel product and the quality of the processors coming in was very poor. The motherboards still had jumpers and the known problems list at product release was around 70 items long although not all were critical. That's huge. Thermal problems prevented production startup and cost Gateway nearly 200 million in lost revenue. The order backlog grew to 60k units and GW was unable to ship for 5 weeks. Roughly 50% of the first orders were cancelled prior to shipment.
This hit GW very hard in the spring and caused them to yank the AMD configs back from sales and then re-introduce very late in the product cycle. . ."
Oftewel: K6-x systemen zijn brak. Met de Athlon verdient AMD een tweede kans? (hmm, Gateway komt zichzelf wel tegen wanneer de Athlon op 1GHz loopt en de PIII op 800 ).