Originally Posted by Jotun
I would laugh if BD was the best chip and AMD priced it about as low as the Phenom II's
It would hurt Intels rep for expensive chips
..Apparently you aren't old enough/or werent a PC enthusiast at the time, to remember the expensive AMD chips. 800 dollar dual cores, 1100 dollar FX single cores when duals were just hitting the market.. the lowest end Athlon x2 64 was over 500 USD.
When Conroe hit the market AMD had no choice but to appeal to the 'budget friendly' crowd. The CPUs just couldn't be sold in any other segment.
AMD isn't your friend. If they have the performance crown, they're going to charge you for it. (and rightfully so) They're not a charity. They're a business.
Also - I'm not sure where you think Intel's "rep" for having expensive chips comes from.. When the i5-750 hit the market, The Phenom II 965 was ~250 USD. The i7 920 could be had for just another 30 dollars.. and the i5 was 20% cheaper, and a bit faster to boot. Looking back on it, sure makes the PhII's position look awkward, doesn't it.