Re: Lookin' good
* It's suspiciously hard to order AMD powered PC's through the same large well known vendors who were found to have been bribed to lock AMD out of the market via the rebate scandal Intel had running.
Dell basically doesn't stock AMD stuff. (Ok, technically they have an AMD desktop for like £5k which doesn't exactly play to AMD's traditional strength of being as or about as good as Intel but a lot cheaper...) Skeptical? Look at their website.
HP sort of has a handful of AMD desktops, but good luck finding them, because they aren't obviously listed on the HP site. Have a look for cheapish AMD boxes on the HP website. Failed to find anything? Funny that.
Now search for the HP Elitedesk 705. This is a Ryzen5 4 core/8 thread processor with an external Radeon R7 430 that can do duel screens out of the box, a 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM for ~£400.
The reseller I was using had to ask me for the SKU because they couldn't find it through their system. When they did get it, and placed an order, I got a call shortly afterwards saying that they had been told that it was out of stock and would I like a more powerful Intel equivalent for the same price?
I declined this kind offer, only to find that the utterly unavailable order was delivered within 48 hours anyway. Call me suspicious, but that looks like a deliberate effort to keep the numbers of AMD hardware shifted down while (probably) allowing them to claim that they aren't doing the same anti trust stuff as last time this time around.