I often wonder about Intel users. Why do they still exist? I'm really not sure. But I am thoroughly convinced that Intel fanboys (and girls, as the case may be) are the lowest, stupidest, and least-in-touch-with-reality fanatics of them all. You see, it's kind of hard to deny that NVDA puts out the fastest 3D cards on the market. Yet there are still ATi fans. Why? Well, the ATi fans have good points. The R8.5K is significantly cheaper, produces a better picture, and, really, who needs 300fps ANYWAY? Those are valid points. And that's what makes fanATIcs legitimate. Because they aren't blind followers, wooed by advertising -- they actually have a reason for going with what arguably is the underdog. But Intel fans? They have no reason to stay loyal. Intel plays with inferior architecture. Surely Netburst represents the first time a new processor has ever been released with a decreased IPC rate. And the P4 really represents the first time, in my opinion, that a processor has been sold soley based on marketing. SURE the P4-2.53GHz is faster than the AXP 2100+ -- it has an 800MHz advantage! What? Your Pentium III 1.4GHz is faster than my Duron 600MHz? You don't say! But the P4 is not all that much faster. For a processor with DOUBLE the L2 cache, DOUBLE the clockspeed, and 800,000,000 more cycles per second, why in God's name is its performance advantage so despicably minute? And, to top it all off, Intel processors are so prohibitively expensive that you could easily build a decent PC for the price of one of their newest. You're going to pay HOW much for a sliver of improvement? Intel fans suffer, I think, from mental illness. I say this with as much sensitivity as I can muster, because we must take all mental illnesses seriously and address it with compassion. Perhaps much like Marines that die when they retire*, Intel fans are afraid of change. They have always used Intel and they cannot even conceive of using something else. So they continue buying Intel. And to rationalize this behavior that is quiet obviously ridiculous (even to them in their diseased state), they hide behind FUD. Things like "Athlons burn up." Or "Athlons are unstable." Or "Athlons are only good for games." Only one of these assertions is based on fact. The other two are about as accurate as the claims of the Flat Earth Society (http://www.flat-earth.org). Athlons aren't only good for games. They have a superior FPU, and they perform better in FPU-intensive applications. Things like 3D graphics, video editing, and media encoding. They are good for these tasks for the same reason Macs are. FPU, FPU, FPU. And anyone that can call Athlons unstable obviously has never touched one. And, yes, Athlons can burn up -- if you're a DUMB PIECE OF SHIT that puts the heatsink on backwards. If you can't line up the raised area on the socket with the indented area on your heatsink, then, yes, by all means, buy an Intel processor. Pay an extra $100. We don't want you anyway. --------------- * It is actually a statistic that some (not sure about the number) Marines that have been in the Corps for more than 20 years DROP DEAD when they retire. They are so used to the structured environment that they cannot handle the shock of readjustment and die of anxiety. I am not making this up.