Advanced Micro Devices introduces its long-anticipated Spider desktop chip set today, including a new microprocessor, a graphics processor and chips to link system components that will give gamers access to ultrarealistic images and increase computing performance. But it still can’t match Intel’s latest chip offering, reports the Wall Street Journal. One gamer says AMD chips are "worlds away" from matching Intel's performance.
Spider is a byproduct of AMD’s 2006 purchase of ATI for $5.4 billion, and it’s aimed at a lower-priced market than Intel’s top chip. It’s AMD’s first full platform of chips and is runs at 2.2gHz to 2.3gHz. At $251, it’s roughly 25% the price of an Intel chip. In January, AMD says it will introduce a 2.6gHz version.