AMD's hardware is superior to Intel's when it comes to servers. Nobody is denying that, the one area where Intel have the advantage over AMD is in synthetic benchmarks. There is very little difference between a 1090T and an i7 960, bar in benchmarks. However when it comes to actually doing real work with your equipment there's either no noticeable difference or there's no difference whatsoever.
This is why AMD have stuck with dual channel memory, rather than jump over to triple, as it only makes a difference in benchmarking. As has been said many times before, if all you do is run benchmarks all day buy Intel. If you want to get your money's worth buy AMD and invest in more memory, more HD, faster HD (SSD), your video card or something else that actually makes a difference. AMD are now shifting to quad channel memory but in servers only, because no desktop will be able to saturate that kind of bandwidth.
This comparisson doesn't take SB into account, because there's nothing to compare it to yet. Once BD is released we will see whether this holds true still or not.
I am going to wait for prices to drop and then see if I can get an X6 for cheap. AQUA@Home will love a six core CPU running close to 4GHz. I am not going to upgrade to BD and will hold off for another year or two. My current system is fine, apart from the lack of cores. When I start running one or more sessions of VBox my system starts running out of CPU power, especially when I'm also playing a game.
Originally Posted by dodger.blue
Believe it or not, Core 2 was not developed in six months, but wouldn't that have been amazing?
If you read the forums you will see a lot of people just ignore the fact that it takes years to develop a new chip. Revisions might be done within a few months but designing and testing an entirely new architecture takes 5 years or more. JF-AMD has stated this himself on several occasions but either most people don't know this or ignore it. For example, before aeroplane stealth technology was revealed it had been in development since the 1960's and was first tested in the 80's before it was flown in 'combat' situations in the first Gulf war.Edited by Liranan - 3/23/11 at 8:13am