Some people rave that AMD has the best value for the price, however, I'd like to say that, this is NOT always true, though they will "try" to be competitive, they often fail!
AMD's dual cores aren't even in the same league as Intel's dual cores, it's not even remotely close... (Price vs Performance on the low end, Intel MURDERS AMD.)
Granted AMD was trying to be competitive bring out the Phenom II X6s to compare up the i5-750 or i7-950s, alas, they didn't really win here... The i5 and i7s are irrefutably awesome!
Granted on the low end of AMD's quad cores they have the Phenom II X4 which is nicely priced for a quad core that can deliver well for any Overclocking Enthusiast, for the price, then again Intel has the Core 2 Quad.. This is actually one place AMD is doing well at, and seeing them drop prices a little shows that they are starting to either make good decisions or they are feeling the financial competition burden Intel placed on them. Can they really afford to take the CPUs down more in price? (I'm thinking much more so!)
So where when and how will AMD win the fight against Intel? Will AMD's Bulldozer 8 Core Zambezi CPU beat intel? (We will see!) I'm not seeing much hope if AMD can't get significantly more agressive with pricing, especially in the Dual Core market!
Unfortunately if their 8 core CPU is too expensive (over $300), then they may be hard pressed to garnish a larger chunk of the market shares of consumers buying CPUs! Then again, they are have been more focused on the Server Platform over the Client/consumer platform, unfortunately...
Other than paying for the salary of Engineers to design the CPU, how much more can it cost to produce a quad core CPU over a dual core CPU?
It just doesn't make financial sense that an 8 Core CPU would cost 4 times more than a dual core CPU to produce, or is it just me?
Just my 2cents..
I completely agree with Maggot, this was a trim, not a slash in prices...
A slash would have been like $40 or more!
Edited by _GTech - 2/7/11 at 1:35pm