Gaming (contíd)/Henriís PC
FiringSquad: AMD has always had a loyal following among the gaming community. Why do you think this is so? Do you think your participation in the Professional Gaming League (PGL) helped?
Henri Richard: Well I think that the reason why weíve always had such a great reception among the gaming community is because theyíre technology savvy people. Weíve always been in the general market, but somewhat outdone by the heavy marketing of our competitor. But when it comes to the reality of performance, value, and real innovation youíre talking to a technology savvy user and the core of our marketing covers reality and in reality [inaudible] are better, that weíve been leading in many areas and I think that they also recognize that they get a better value out of an AMD system. So I think thatís the reason.
Also, we have a very open approach to the entire add-in system. And so typically youíll see some really great things from the motherboard guys and the AMD infrastructure. Whereas our competitor has the tendency to try to do everything themselves and somewhat stifle competition and innovation on their platform.
Often independently from the processor performance, the overall platform that you can find around the AMD infrastructures are just better.
As far as sponsoring the gaming community obviously I think thatís very important for us, particularly since we now have the Athlon FX of really great products for that very high end community. I believe that with the Athlon FX platforms you can actually be unbeatable because of the response time of the system and so I want to do as much as we can afford to in terms of sponsoring the gaming community.
FiringSquad: Earlier you said that you actually build your own gaming rigs. Can you tell us a little about your PC/building experience, and your current gaming system?
Henri Richard: Sure. Yeah so I always build my own systems I like to plan my builds, I like to select components. I typically, you know Iím blessed with many connections within the industry so I work with partners, that, you know, if they need beta testersÖ[Iím there]
But my configuration today is, well I have two configurations. I have a water cooled Athlon XP 3200+. Iím using the Koolance water-cooling system. On that system Iíve got an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 and 2GB of memory and thereís two 250GB Maxtor Serial ATA hard drives. So thatís my XP 3200 and I just finished putting together an Athlon 64 FX 51 thatís in a Thermaltake box. Itís not water-cooled but itís a very cool box, with seven thermostatically controlled fans, very low RPM fans. In that one Iíve got an NVIDIA 5950, the latest one, and also dual 250GB Maxtor drives and 4GB of memory and I just purchased the latest Sound Blaster ZS, the Audigy 2 ZS. I have to confess that I havenít been fortunate to, well Iíve been on the road for two weeks so I havenít had the chance to actually setup the system and install the software that I want on it yet.
But I like to test. I like, well my systems are constantly in a state of evolution. I have seven different platforms at home that I keep rotating. I also have a home server that I run 24/7 that I use as a gaming server. I also fitted it with an FM radio emitter. Thatís my own private radio station without any advertisements on it thatís basically using Winamp and scanning a database of MP3 files that I made out of my CD collection of over 12,000 titles.
FiringSquad: Wow thatís pretty impressive
Henri Richard: Yeah, itís great. Iím surprised, you know that FM card is like $150 bucks and Iím surprised that there arenít more people that use that because every time I talk to friends or people in the industry about it they think itís a cool idea because a lot of people donít want advertisements when you listen to the radio and itís [inaudible] and itís doing 50 milliwatts. You know it gives me basically, the range is about half a mile from my house and it gets great reception, itís really cool. I expect that one of these days it will be a standard feature in multimedia PCs.