Originally Posted by largon
It's just unbelieveable Intel, in all it's wisdom, chose to use the inefficient and outdated X-bloody-86 as their graphics architecture, when they had a chance to create something smart.
You ever seen the IA-64 architecture? IMHO, it is one of the nicest and well built architectures out there (way better than the messes that are x86 and SPARC). However, it really didn't take off because OMG, companies would have to run their code through a different compiler (and rewrite some code if it didn't work straight through and/or wanted to optimize it). That is even after the fact that Microsoft built a whole native IA-64 version of Windows, and it still didn't help it.
As you can see, Intel is done trying to introduce new architectures to the market and will keep to its good old moneymaker (...errr, friend), the x86 architecture.