It would be easy to look at the pricing and the benchmarks and conclude that the Intel "V8" platform experiment is a complete waste of time and shouldn't even be considered by our readers. But, there are a couple of points for which Intel needs to have an option out there with these features. First: AMD will have it too. Their QuadFX platform will soon offer 8-core systems once their quad-core Barcelona and Agena processors begin to ship late in the year. Intel decided to steal the show by presenting their 8-core system much ealrier than AMD could - and you can buy this hardware now (or very soon at least).
Secondly, even though very few of you will see the advantages of running an 8-way system, there is still a group of individuals that WILL be able utilize all the power this kind of system presents. Home-based AutoCAD users, heavy media creation users or rendering artists that have some extra cash will surely see substantial productivity increases when moving to an Intel "V8" system configuration. It's not for everyone; but it is for someone.
In the end, I have to be both inspired and disappointed by the power the Intel "V8" system presents. We can now dream for the games and other software that will take advantage of this kind of processing power on a daily basis while also tapping our toes impatiently waiting for it.