News Intel drops revenue estimates by $1B

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  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    So they are only going to make a great deal of money, instead of even more!
     
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    All this talk about XP etc has nothing to do with sales.

    The reason why they didn't sell as much is that those who own anything from SandyBridge onwards didn't need to buy a new CPU unless something broke, and those who are up for an upgrade are waiting for Broadwell or Skylake.

    Simple as that.

    Also, who buys a new CPU as often anyways as the new product-cycles are? There's a three-year tax-rebate cycle for hardware, so buying more often than those three years isn't really economical, especially for companies and small business.
     
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    Basically, businesses decided to buy Windows 7 licenses going for cheap near end-of-life and 'update' their existing (and likely terrible, if they bought them back when XP was sold) PCs.
    Intel expected people to upgrade sensibly and at the long-term lowest cost. Everyone decided to penny-pinch in the short term, only to need to purchase new PCs with Windows 8.1 which will then need to be downgraded as existing hardware fails, spending more in the long term.

    The enthusiast buy-chips-on-their-own market is minuscule in comparison.
     
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    That's pretty much it. We just haven't seen the kind of performance boosts that we did in the pre Sandy Bridge era when people were literally upgrading every generation as there were hefty performance boosts that often translated into better gaming performance too - not just rendering or photo editing as we see at the moment. It's all felt very incremental rather than revolutionary.

    I guess there are a number of factors for this - little competition from AMD, the need to expand into mobile, hence a push towards higher efficiency/lower power draw plus factors coming into play making things tricky as you dial down the manufacturing process. That said, each processor generation has been noticeably faster so even a move from Sandy Bridge to Haswell would see benefits and that's before you take into account the extra features on offer.
     

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