Advanced Micro Devices got some much-needed good news this week when Gateway announced that it's trading in Intel chips for AMD Phenom quad-core processors in two new high-end desktop machines.
Gateway, which has been mostly an Intel-only company for years, has unveiled AMD-based GM and GT series desktop systems. And for a microprocessor company that has been struggling with missed shipment dates, financial woes and a slide in mind share, this is welcome news, according to industry analysts.
"This is very positive for AMD," said Dean Freeman, an analyst at Gartner Inc. "Almost any wins are good news for AMD at this time. AMD has been beaten down pretty hard lately and this says someone thinks enough of them still to put their chips in their systems."
Focusing on "media-hungry users", the new Gateway GM5664 desktop is geared toward gamers and users interested in video editing or watching live TV online. Available at U.S. retailers for US$1149, the computer also sports a "Hybrid-SuperMulti" optical drive that reportedly can read both HD-DVD and Blu-ray movies, as well as read and burn CDs and standard-def DVDs.
The Gateway GT5662, which prices in at $749 is a multi-media lite machine. This desktop uses the lower power AMD Phenom quad-core 9500 processor, a 500GB hard drive and its own SuperMulti drive to enable users to burn content onto DVDs or CDs.