Originally Posted by pauldovi
I think that the Phenom is not going to be able to cut it. Most people have switched to Core 2 Duo. It would be quite hard to convince them to switch back to AMD for high end systems. Especially with SLI on Intel chipsets around the corner.
Its too early to claim it(phenom) isn't going to make the cut... I saw the early take on AMD quad performance @ Anandtech, where it was claimed clock for clock phenom was slower. However, that was done with unreleased hardware and most assuredly an immature bios.
I went c2d this time around because when I needed a new computer thats where the performance was. As it stands now I am considering trying to sell my current rig via Craigslist for $300 more than it cost me to build($700). I know 1k sounds crazy, but old P4 rigs sell for around 700 on craigs(at least in my neck of the woods). If it sells great, I'll go C2Q sometime after 7/22. If it doesn't sell I'll wait to see where the performance crown is around 1Q08... Anyway long rambling tangent aside, Intel won this round and thats undeniable if AMD wins the next round and I'm in the market for a new computer I'll go AMD period.
Brand loyalty is understandable, its something corporations want individuals to really embrace. Much like religion brand loyalty often implies blind faith and trust in something beyond one's own control. I see it as the power of perception, if one intensely believes in something it tends to eventually/perpetually ring true(well in their own mind anyway).
I'm too "budget limited" to really embrace brand loyalty
. (school, females and beer seem to siphon away all my money *not necessarily in that order