Originally Posted by Majestic_Lizard
I think what has happened is that both Intel and AMD screwed up and now are in a price war. With Intel selling too low and not able to raise their prices because they've already released Sandy Bridge and AMD selling too high for Bulldozer and not being able to lower the prices because they need to make a profit. I think if Intel had known what Bulldozer was really going to do, we would be seeing the i7 2600k at the same price point that the i7 extremes were selling at a few years ago.
I think what happened was Intel released products at the same price point they had been, except last time they released 1366 before 1155, with 1366 AMD was able to charge $260+ for their chips. However once 1155 came out, AMD couldn't pass off their x4 Phenoms for over $200 because the i5-750 was a better chip at that price point. AMD released Thuban to get back into the $200+ price range, but it's ambitions were too lofty with the 1090T at $300, it dropped quickly from there down to around $230 pre sandy bridge.
With SB Intel released 1155 first, at the same price points it had released previous chips of the "mainstream" class. AMD's counter, bullldozer in this current market isn't a $200+ chip. Had Intel released 2011 first, AMD could have gotten away with gouging for $260ish again against the 2011 x4 chip which will probably be right around $310~ upon release, however that's not how it went down this time, and AMD once again is unable to actually compete on all levels with Intel's mainstream $200 product.Edited by BallaTheFeared - 11/7/11 at 4:29am