RE: Countdown Begins to Flight Simulator X:
Happy New Year to you.
Could you please enlarge a little on your comment 'We simply do not do much with AMD because we find that AMD systems are not very well supported. So, we do not recommend them. But we understand that many flightsimmers love AMD and that's just peachy with us.'
I have had an AMD system now for 9 months which I use for work (presentations, etc), Video-editing (Pinnacle 9) and games (FPS, and particularly FS9). All this my system handles with ease and I run FS9 on an AMD4000 with a Radeon X700 and all sliders to the right. I would like you to be more specific about what is not 'well supported' about AMD systems as all I ever see promoted on Flightsim.com is Intel, even though the whole world knows that AMD is a very worthy and competitive adversary. I chose my system based on advice and recommendations from many computer and gaming magazines, who didn't at all see Intel as having the monopoly on processors. Neither did any of them mention AMD being 'not well supported'.
Even your link to a previous review on an 'AMD Alienware' system led us to an Intel system.
It's a bit like the only system worth buying according to Flightsim.com is a Dell system. This has arisen several times in the forums over the years. There are actually many more manufacturers selling equivalent systems more cheaply but for some reason these aren't mentioned.
Finally, I don't mind Flightsim.com pushing any product, but we should be advised if Flightsim.com has a commercial interest in promoting a particular product. It does make a difference when you are looking for advice, and if Flightsim.com wish to be seen to be offering impartial advice, then all suppliers need to be compared and the results shared with the members.
Don't want to start a flame war, just interested in why you think AMD is not well-supported when the reality appears to be quite the opposite. I have yet to see a software package on which is written 'Intel Processors only'!
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