No. 9: Intel - Processors
Overall Score: 84.5
Intel followed up its win last year with a victory in 2011, earning higher scores than category newcomer Nvidia. In a year when Intel began real volume shipments of its Sandy Bridge technology and next-generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors, the company’s highest score in the ARC survey came in the Product Quality and Reliability criteria. Here, Intel did even better than it did in 2010, when it also scored its highest marks in quality and reliability. Overall, Intel scored higher than Nvidia in each of the categories. Its lowest scores were in Services Opportunity and Marketing Support -- but even in those were significantly higher than in 2010.