Originally Posted by dlee7283
its called having 50 firefox tabs open while drinking a beer
Oh please, a faster CPU doesn't really help with that. I do more than that all the time and there's no noticeable difference between a Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 GHz and a Celeron E3300 2.5 GHz. What you want is a ton of RAM and an SSD, although you do want to enable RAM caching in Firefox.
I think the only "everyday task" I do that can actually take advantage of that many cores is 7-zip.
For a number of quarters now, AMD has been showing a net loss. That should clue you in on the fact that they're not making enough profit on their processors to sustain the company. It's only with Zacate that they're showing net gains again. Releasing an Athlon II X6 would lower selling prices for their other processors and would eat into Phenom II X6 sales. As others have mentioned, there's no good financial reason for AMD to release an Athlon II X6. It's not like they'll be able to sell a ton of these things. People will just be paying less for existing Regor/Rana/Propus processors and it makes no sense for AMD to be making even less profit on these processors when margins are already pretty slim.
AMD Regor: 117 sq mm
AMD Propus: 169 sq mm
AMD Deneb: 258 sq mm
AMD Thuban: 346 sq mm
Intel Clarkdale: 81 sq mm
Intel Bloomfield: 263 sq mm
Intel Gulftown: 240 sq mm
Intel Sandy Bridge 4c: 216 sq mm