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Intel Reports Best Quarter Ever in 42-year History

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The market is loving Intel.

Investors should be glad to hear that Intel's doing well in business these days.

Intel Corporation today reported second-quarter revenue of $10.8 billion, up 34 percent year-over-year. The company reported operating income of $4.0 billion, net income of $2.9 billion and EPS of 51 cents.

"Strong demand from corporate customers for our most advanced microprocessors helped Intel achieve the best quarter in the company's 42-year history," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. "Our process technology lead plus compelling architectural designs increasingly differentiate Intel-based products in the marketplace. The PC and server segments are healthy and the demand for leading-edge technology will continue to increase for the foreseeable future."

To read the complete earnings release, click here.

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    anamaniac , July 14, 2010 11:17 AM
    I'm going to pin this on AMD being scarce in the market.
    I'd love more laptops with a 25watt x2 and 5670m.
    Or even any highend low-TDP AMD chips for laptops...

    Honestly, I believe AMD could dramatically step up their sales if they put out a decent laptop chip already. D:
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    amnotanoobie , July 14, 2010 11:55 AM
    jrharbortAMD already has some excellent mobile offerings, and more coming shortly(X920 BE anyone?). It's the poor adoption by manufacturers that is hurting AMD at the moment. More people need to step up and see AMD's potential. But I guess a lot of us are waiting for bulldozer and fusion. =/


    Plus the fact that Intel's marketing is still better than AMD. A lot of people know or hear of Centrino, Core or Pentium, but not much of Vision, Phenom or Turion.
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    burnley14 , July 14, 2010 12:08 PM
    amnotanoobiePlus the fact that Intel's marketing is still better than AMD. A lot of people know or hear of Centrino, Core or Pentium, but not much of Vision, Phenom or Turion.

    Yep, you nailed it there. Pretty much anyone could hum the Intel jingle for you.
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    joytech22 , July 14, 2010 11:04 AM
    It's prices like theirs that cause inflation...
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    anamaniac , July 14, 2010 11:17 AM
    I'm going to pin this on AMD being scarce in the market.
    I'd love more laptops with a 25watt x2 and 5670m.
    Or even any highend low-TDP AMD chips for laptops...

    Honestly, I believe AMD could dramatically step up their sales if they put out a decent laptop chip already. D:
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    jrharbort , July 14, 2010 11:49 AM
    anamaniacI'm going to pin this on AMD being scarce in the market.I'd love more laptops with a 25watt x2 and 5670m.Or even any highend low-TDP AMD chips for laptops...Honestly, I believe AMD could dramatically step up their sales if they put out a decent laptop chip already. D:

    AMD already has some excellent mobile offerings, and more coming shortly(X920 BE anyone?). It's the poor adoption by manufacturers that is hurting AMD at the moment. More people need to step up and see AMD's potential. But I guess a lot of us are waiting for bulldozer and fusion. =/
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    amnotanoobie , July 14, 2010 11:55 AM
    jrharbortAMD already has some excellent mobile offerings, and more coming shortly(X920 BE anyone?). It's the poor adoption by manufacturers that is hurting AMD at the moment. More people need to step up and see AMD's potential. But I guess a lot of us are waiting for bulldozer and fusion. =/


    Plus the fact that Intel's marketing is still better than AMD. A lot of people know or hear of Centrino, Core or Pentium, but not much of Vision, Phenom or Turion.
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    burnley14 , July 14, 2010 12:08 PM
    amnotanoobiePlus the fact that Intel's marketing is still better than AMD. A lot of people know or hear of Centrino, Core or Pentium, but not much of Vision, Phenom or Turion.

    Yep, you nailed it there. Pretty much anyone could hum the Intel jingle for you.
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    jonpaul37 , July 14, 2010 12:27 PM
    Actually, i would Say Phenom is a common name similar to core 2 or core 1x, its the rest that need flaunting... Wait till bulldozer, things will change, also, keep in mind, resellers and retailers are used to pushing Intel products because of previous Intel "incentives", that has now changed and all is fair game so it will still take a little more time for AMD to catch up, but, they will...
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    Jerky_san , July 14, 2010 12:47 PM
    I actually really like both but I must say I've never seen an AMD commercial where as I've seen tons of ones about sad robots and talking processors.. Most people don't really even know what AMD is when I talk to them about building systems.. They heard from a buddy of a buddy of a buddy that intel is the only market in town and thats who they listen to..
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    Anonymous , July 14, 2010 12:47 PM
    The last AMD laptop burnt my penis, sorry intel for life!
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    royalcrown , July 14, 2010 12:51 PM
    No wonder core 2 quads still cost 330 bucks...come on..wth ?!?!
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    halls , July 14, 2010 1:03 PM
    royalcrownNo wonder core 2 quads still cost 330 bucks...come on..wth ?!?!

    I feel ya. I still have a Q6600 with B3 stepping that I can't overclock, and it's starting to get long in the tooth. I want to upgrade, but they still want almost $300 for some of their higher-end 775 processors.
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    victomofreality , July 14, 2010 1:05 PM
    I think it's the continued success of the core I7 9xx series. I'm an AMD man but I can't deny that the 900's are pound for pound(if not dollar for dollar) the best chip on the market.

    Either that or they're getting a lot of repeat sales from people getting the 3 different board/cpu combos mixed up and buying multiple parts :p 
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    fazers_on_stun , July 14, 2010 1:19 PM
    Actually if you read the earnings report, it's pent-up demand for servers and for workstations that drove a lot of Intel's sales. With the improving US & world economic outlook, a lot of businesses are finally upgrading once again. This will also benefit AMD, Microsoft, etc.

    AMD reports tomorrow so we'll see how well they fared in competition. AMD does have Magny Cours to compete in server, after all.
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    kawininjazx , July 14, 2010 1:21 PM
    "I feel ya. I still have a Q6600 with B3 stepping that I can't overclock, and it's starting to get long in the tooth. I want to upgrade, but they still want almost $300 for some of their higher-end 775 processors. "

    I had a Q6600 with I think the "GO" Stepping and I got 3.2Ghz out of it, then I got the Q9450 and got that to 3.4Ghz, I think I paid like $350 right when it came out. It's worth it, they are really fast.
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    hundredislandsboy , July 14, 2010 1:37 PM
    Gee... with their reported profits, I still feel like their CPUs are overpriced compared to AMD. They are thanking themselves for their success instead of thanking their fans by offering more competitive prices. When is AMD's 8core Bulldozer coming out?
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    bin1127 , July 14, 2010 2:32 PM
    I guess Larrabee wasn't that important after all.
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    Computerrock1 , July 14, 2010 2:36 PM
    Well, when you a small silicon based object that costs 20 to 30 dollars to build and sell it for 1000+ dollars, you probably are going to make a great profit.
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    g00fysmiley , July 14, 2010 2:43 PM
    i actually built a new pc for a buddy last night he was on teh fence on intel vs amd when he bought the parts, but up until a week ago he'd never even heard of amd... then again he was also gonna buy another dell when his dell died but i convinced him to build and safe the money :D 

    intel markets good btu its still mosrtly residuals from thier anticompetitive behavior.

    that said depending on my funds i'll either get a amd of intel depending on who holds the crown in my price segment. in my friends case for a sub 500 rig amd won the battle, but i'm no fanboy i'll reseach and get the best at the time in my pricepoint
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    Dirtman73 , July 14, 2010 2:59 PM
    As with crApple, Intel is as successful as they are because of marketing. If AMD had the budget for marketing that Intel has, this financial report would have looked a lot different.
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    IFLATLINEI , July 14, 2010 3:25 PM
    burnley14Yep, you nailed it there. Pretty much anyone could hum the Intel jingle for you.


    Advertising is overrated. We mostly become immune to most advertising techniques and most companies are still clinging to this idea to gain new customers when the best approach has always just been to make sure your current customers are taken care of and happy so they will do the advertising for you.

    With that being said advertising is still a great way to announce a new product or to announce significant changes to an established product customers would like to know about.

    But I think the real reason has to do with many of the shady practices Intel orchestrated to gain favor with the many PC manufacturers. How quick we forget that Intel had to pay off AMD with a rather large sum of money just recently. Hmmm What was that for? Unethical buiness practices maybe???

    BTW Ive been running AMD processors on 2 of my main PC's lately where at one time everything was Intel. One laptop and one desktop and Im not missing a damn thing.
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