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Intel Staffers Get Huge Bonuses after Record Year

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January 16, 2011 8:40:36 PM

Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?

Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.
January 16, 2011 8:48:50 PM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.

Yes, the poor children that only can get low end dual cores really need our support.
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January 16, 2011 8:58:20 PM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.


Do you really think they only make that much a year?
January 16, 2011 9:02:17 PM

~$200 bucks for a high end CPU is very reasonable. Just look at these historic prices for 2004 when AMD was in the lead.
January 16, 2011 9:02:52 PM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.


Intel lowers their prices every 6 months or so. If you took their bonus money and divided it by number of processors they sold, you may have a penny discount coming to you.

A decent engineer right out of college makes 60K. Engineers that lead the R&D for Intel's flagship money-makers pull in 250K plus. So if YOU were an engineer you would want more money, because your school loans are about 100K these days.
January 16, 2011 9:08:41 PM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.

no you wouldn't
January 16, 2011 9:11:17 PM

Intel is awesome, unlike Wall Street businesses these guys actually contribute to society with their excellent products. I just wish they had competition worthy of them. Instead they have AMD...
January 16, 2011 9:30:58 PM

Paying more gets you the best engineers, and allows you to produce better CPUs that are cheaper to produce. Paying them 5% less, on the other hand, is a drop in the ocean and achieves nothing.
January 16, 2011 9:37:51 PM

Lucky them, especially the guy who said his bonus is 17 days of pay!

I'd go all out with that pay and stick it in a BANK!
HA! you didn't expect me to say that!
January 16, 2011 10:05:06 PM

killerclick
You pay more for the same performance, if that's contributing to society...
January 16, 2011 10:16:15 PM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.

To make you feel worse..that's the average starting salary. 10 years+ experience you're in 6 figures and maybe max out 20 years later in the 120k range. Intel probably pays way above average given you don't do anything important unless you have a PhD.
January 16, 2011 10:21:13 PM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.

60k is a pretty low salary for an engineer. Certainly not enough to attract or keep the really good engineers.
January 16, 2011 10:29:43 PM

killerclickIntel is awesome, unlike Wall Street businesses these guys actually contribute to society with their excellent products. I just wish they had competition worthy of them. Instead they have AMD...


Wow. How many things silly things can you say in 30 words or less?
January 16, 2011 10:36:03 PM

killerclickIntel is awesome, unlike Wall Street businesses these guys actually contribute to society with their excellent products. I just wish they had competition worthy of them. Instead they have AMD...

My IQ dropped just by reading your comment...
January 16, 2011 10:43:00 PM

stardude82~$200 bucks for a high end CPU is very reasonable. Just look at these historic prices for 2004 when AMD was in the lead.


And how about intel's $999 hexa core?
January 16, 2011 11:14:03 PM

Capitalism at its finest and good job Intel. They make products people and industry want and the stock holders as well as the employees are rewarded. Cheaper prices is redistributive of company wealth and is a stupid socialist idea. If you don't like it stay with your Pentium II and shut up.
January 16, 2011 11:18:21 PM

Nintendorkkillerclick You pay more for the same performance, if that's contributing to society...


Actually the top of the line AMD CPUs are of similar performance to equivalently priced Intel CPUs. i5-2500K is the same price as Phenom II 1090T but beats it in every single benchmark, overclocks better and has lower power consumption as well (http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=203).
The "old" i5-750 beats a similarly priced (difference of $15) Phenom II 970, uses less power and overclocks better. So it's 8% more money for 10% more performance (before overclock), that's fair isn't it?

Also, here is the big thing: if you need anything faster than Phenom II X6 you're screwed without Intel. AMD simply can't provide enough performance with their desktop parts and even when they get close it's at significantly higher power usage and similar or higher price.
January 16, 2011 11:36:42 PM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.

You think they make record profits by lowering the price on CPUs? Silly person that is not how it works.
January 16, 2011 11:37:40 PM

z06psiCheaper prices is redistributive of company wealth and is a stupid socialist idea.


Not to mention that this would completely sink AMD and leave Intel with even less competition.
January 16, 2011 11:51:31 PM

New hires with a freshly minted BS in engineering (assuming you can find a job opening that only requires a BS) start at ~60k. MS grads start at ~70k and PhD grads start at ~90k.
Still thinking about majoring in communications or psychology now?
January 16, 2011 11:55:25 PM

their processors are worth it
January 16, 2011 11:58:10 PM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.


Obviously you have no idea what it takes to be an engineer. I am in Mech at Waterloo and it is no cakewalk. (Obviously Intel's engineers aren't going to be mechanical engineers, but I assure you that any type of engineering is demanding.)
January 16, 2011 11:59:58 PM

As a former Intel tech, this is great to see. Was making just over $40K when I was there a few years ago, and glad to see the techs now are getting what they earned. That place would not be able to function without good techs working together.
January 17, 2011 12:02:07 AM

I think it's fantastic a company gives back to it's employees instead of hording it at the upper echelons... Oh wait they can afford to do both! Oh well still good to see at least one company that takes is extra $$ and reinvests it into their people. Unlike the company I work for, only the CEO and executive staff see any bonuses/raises. We don't even have a training budget!
January 17, 2011 12:40:16 AM

killerclickIntel is awesome, unlike Wall Street businesses these guys actually contribute to society with their excellent products. I just wish they had competition worthy of them. Instead they have AMD...

I bet my $140 AMD processor is faster than your $250 intel processor..
January 17, 2011 12:48:13 AM

I can only dream and drool over those hefty bonuses!
January 17, 2011 12:53:49 AM

chickenhoagieI bet my $140 AMD processor is faster than your $250 intel processor..


I bet your wrong! I have a X4 955, love it, dont need anything more. But the fact is, not only is Intel smashing AMD in performance, they are doing it in power consumption and value too. You can get a i3 for $100-115 now. Not only will this pretty much beat most AMD processors around the same price, as in dual core Phenom and Athlons II's, it will do so using less power, and overclock higher. Intels middle range is a little bit weaker, as far as about $150. Go to $200, and its not competition. The 2500K will blow any X4 or X6 out of the water in performance, OC far higher, and still use less power. Intel is winning, plain and simple. Currently, the only AMD CPU worth buying is the X4 955, my CPU :p 
January 17, 2011 1:02:31 AM

thats awesome on intels part but what the hell are they going to do with all that extra money?.. lol sit on it for years ..
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January 17, 2011 1:38:05 AM

Really? I have nearly the same setup as soldier37 and I get 130ish fps. Granted I'm down an ssd and 2gigs of that ram. What settings are you using? Oh and I have an Intel i7 920
January 17, 2011 1:51:13 AM

goodguy713thats awesome on intels part but what the hell are they going to do with all that extra money?.. lol sit on it for years ..


We'll do something extremely stupid with it. Like buy an antivirus company.
January 17, 2011 1:56:46 AM

goodguy713thats awesome on intels part but what the hell are they going to do with all that extra money?.. lol sit on it for years ..

Acquisitions, building plants, settling out of court; you know, every-day stuff :) 
January 17, 2011 2:04:16 AM

killerclickIntel is awesome, unlike Wall Street businesses these guys actually contribute to society with their excellent products. I just wish they had competition worthy of them. Instead they have AMD...


That's why they are constantly sued for anti trust reasons.
January 17, 2011 3:12:25 AM

At the price they're selling their processors at that sure seems like a little less.....
January 17, 2011 4:10:15 AM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.



Actually, that is what a starting grad makes. My dad has been working at Intel since 1980's , betrayed them to AMD cause they actualyl pay higher, found the work environment to be very POLITICAL and saw the crap they had, left, and got back Into Intel in like 2004.


He says he makes around 175K without all the other compensation and bonus.

But still, he works his ass off and for his effort (7 am to wok, 11 PM back, and a phone conference usually at like 1 AM.....), he should be getting 250K.


Management isn't too great at Intel either also he says "idiot business grads right"

He tells me that he and his group had an idea of an iphone like device in 2002, he went to the big bosses and they said no they said "Animesh, what are you talking about, this would never get off" They told him it was stupid to think of manipulating a screen by touch so small. That is why I hate business grads............
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January 17, 2011 4:19:04 AM

Just so you guys know, a "4X bonus multiplier" does not necessarily mean 4X the usual bonus. Intel tends to pay a lower base salary, but adds "bonuses" on top of that to incentively the employees to perform well. The 4X multiplier is just one part of the equation and that number varies each year.

That being said, it *is* one of the highest bonuses of the last few years. Given that Intel has performed well during a down economy, perhaps it's okay for the Intel management to spread the wealth.
January 17, 2011 5:08:20 AM

@tonymiddleton, how about a new pair of shoes up your ass?...yes im jealous... :'( 
January 17, 2011 5:30:08 AM

Good to hear the money going to the workers, not the suits.

Just wish my company was so generous with their workers.
January 17, 2011 5:36:39 AM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.

My mom is a school teacher and makes 75k a year and can barely use the remote control to turn on her TV. I'm pretty sure Intel engineers easily make well over the 120k a year, if not past the 200k mark.
January 17, 2011 6:30:00 AM

:lol:  Flame bait article...
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January 17, 2011 6:55:01 AM

I just hope that Intel keeps having "record" years (and hires me back) after I finish grad school!
January 17, 2011 7:34:02 AM

I'd laugh if they go out and buy a load of AMD stuff with all that extra cash. Do you think some employees get Intel stuff for free?
January 17, 2011 11:02:59 AM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.


For your sake, I REALLY hope you're kidding. A company that doesn't reward its employees when it prospers is a company that won't be prospering for very long.

And I can guarantee you, IF you were an engineer, you would feel mistreated if you were making only 60k/year.
January 17, 2011 1:03:23 PM

all the while they could have used that money (which they saved) to hire people!

This society is sick!

Rich people get even more, and poor people with talents are not been given the chance!
Ok, so the rich guy will buy a new car, and a pool for his $100m home; while the poor won't be able to finance the loan on their $0.5m home!
January 17, 2011 1:41:33 PM

dogman_1234if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.

I know taxes are higher here, but I don't get much less than that, and I'm just an ordinary computer nerd working in the educational sector - an underfunded sector here in denmark.
January 17, 2011 2:39:13 PM

They have built some very good products so they should be prosperous. Some of their cpu prices are very high, their lower end cpu prices aren't that bad. Of course you can buy AMD for less money, and get less performance.

I've only had two complaints about Intel pricing
1. When they bring out new processors, they don't discount the old processors very much. TWO YEARS ago I bought a Q9400 for about $200. I don't see that one on newegg right now but their Q8400, which is a less expensive processor to begin with, is $170.
2. Their high end cpu's are very much more expensive than their lower end cpu's. An i7-950 is about $295, an i7-960 which is roughly 4.6% faster, is $580, almost exactly TWICE the cost. Of course as far as I'm concerned, I just pretend that the 960 doesn't even exist and then it doesn't bother me as much.
January 17, 2011 4:01:25 PM

I want Intel uses its money to delete AMD from continuing its history. I want Intel owned everything and everyone.
January 17, 2011 4:25:11 PM

dogman_1234Why don't they lower CPU prices to aid the consumer?Really, IMHO, if I were an engineer, I would be happy with my 60,000 dollars a year salary.


One way of helping AMD.
January 17, 2011 4:27:44 PM

Amazing how a company can lie, cheat and steal it's way to the top. Pay billions of dollars in fines to the numerous companies it cheated and stole patents from and still be able to pay out huge bonuses.
Just goes to show, crime DOES pay.
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