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Subject: Re: Introducing "No-Moore's Law"

Author: Jeremiah Penery

Date: 19:42:59 03/02/03

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On March 02, 2003 at 10:17:08, Robert Hyatt wrote:

>On March 02, 2003 at 00:33:11, Matt Taylor wrote:
>
>>On March 01, 2003 at 20:10:49, Robert Hyatt wrote:
>>
>>>So if Intel ships 3.0 today, that's what I buy.  If they ship 2.8, that is
>>>what I buy.

That's exactly the point.  Why release the 3.0, when you'll buy the slower 2.8?

>>I wasn't talking so much about requirements. I was thinking more that few people
>>will upgrade from a 2.8 GHz Xeon to a 3.06 GHz Xeon because it is
>>cost-prohibitive and returns very little additional speed. The point is that
>>people will buy the 3.6 if available, otherwise they buy the 2.8 (or whatever
>>-is- available). If they buy the 2.8, they're more likely to upgrade when the
>>4.0 is released. If they get the 3.6, there's no chance.
>
>I agree.  But I see _no_ incentive for Intel to want to delay _my_ purchases
>for a few months, yet that is exactly the effect of "dragging their feet."

Because you're going to purchase anyway.  It doesn't matter to them if you
purchase today or tomorrow, so long as you purchase.

If they skip straight to the 5GHz, they miss out on your upgrade to 4GHz.  If
they release speed grades more slowly, you're likely to buy the 4GHz AND the
5GHz.



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