Originally Posted by Marlaman
YAY I'm very glad to see AMD is competitive once again! They're back into the fray my friends! Good news for everybody because pricewars will start again! woohoo!
Intel doesn't do price wars... but slow scheduled price drops will start happening on a quarterly basis
. It is the chipset costs that really benefit AMD in this round, since the performance between the Core2quads and Phenom II were nearly identical in every single benchmarks. The core2 are still better... but not buy a more then 2 or 3% in benchmarks, a little more in low resolution gaming. If the performance between the two stays about that close at every clock speed (AMD at 3.8ghz vs. Q9550 3.8ghz= roughly the same) then AMD may have a winner. Or at least my sale anyway.
Overall impression... a little disapointed. Really expected the Phenom to pull slighly ahead of the core2quads, at least in benchmarks (where hyper threading should have given it a bit of an advantage). Maybe AM3 will be the magic bullet, although that takes away a lot of the price edge for AMD IMO. All intersting... will wait for more details.
Very amused that this was posted by 003