Originally Posted by snorre
I really would like to know what exactly the chipsets for AMD processors lack and what dosen't work very well on them in your opinion?
Here's my beef with chipsets on AMD:
AMD doesn't make their own chipsets, and I think this is a problem. It's less of a problem with the Hammers as it doesn't need the northbridge now, but it can still be a problem.
I've always believed that the processor maker, regardless of whose it is, can make the best chipset. Why? They know the chip more intimately than anyone else. The chipsets that they have made have been good. Problem is that they don't make very many of them and rely on third party vendors to supply the chipsets. While 3rd party chipsets are nice for choice, I think AMD's taking an easy way out in not supporting them with their own platforms, rather "seeding" the market with their own chipsets until others could mass produce them. This happened with the 750 and the Athlon and the 760 when DDR memory was supported. I think AMD's been shooting themselves in the foot by not more widely marketing the chipsets after they spent all that money in R&D and creating a market for their products.
That said, we are left with 3rd party chipsets. Via was the chief offender for a long time. I've hated their Intel products and their AMD products were nightmares for many. Stability problems, buggy 4 in 1 drivers that never worked right, Sound Blaster Live problems, data corruption on hard drives, incompatibilities with hardware, etc. Via has cleaned up their act, but I still won't touch them. The 761 with the AMD northbridge and Via southbridge was a bad combo. I spent a lot of time on my Dad's machine that had that.
Nvidia probably comes the closest to the best, but they're chipsets have been somewhat buggy, specifically when it came to IDE performance. Their sound was the best onboard solution around. If I built an AMD machine, I'd probably put it on an Nvidia board.
SiS has come a long way, but I don't think they're there yet.
Intel based motherboards tend to be the most feature packed and well implemented. I love the onchip serial ATA RAID, Intel NICs perform very well with less CPU utilizations, their drivers are updated more regularly than most, they're stable, and it just works and works right at that.
AMD boards can offer similar features, but they're implemented with chips offered by a mish mash of companies (ie NIC can be from one company, SATA from another like Silicon Images, etc).
One of the biggest reasons I've gone with Intel the last few times was due to motherboards and chipsets, not processor. I think Intel's just good at it because they've done it for a very long time.