hi. Reading here and there, and analysing a bit of the data makes me think that Conroe IS a better architecture than P4X (netburst and subsequent mod's) and that the K8. Remember K8 IS long on the tooth (already at F rev) and has quite some years on it. But I doubt that AMD has been sitting on their laurels (a$$e$).
Their move to socket AM2 is looking to decrease system power draw by using a newer memory technology (DDR2) that both uses less power and is just beginning to get competitive speeds (remember the SDR to DDR transition, I remember 440BX oc'd to 166MHz TROUNCING their fastest DDR couterparts because of latency and speed, it wasn't until DDR got better latency and base clock speeds that it really was a better choice). Also, DDR is going to get expensive soon, because of the ramping up of DDR2 and the phase-out of DDR. So AMD needs to change their plataform so their overall system price doesn't go to the sky. Eventually they can replace the CPU for a new offering that can (maybe) fit the same socket, giving that the memory interface is on-die. Intel has a very good new architecture, AMD isn't saying peep until after the release of socket AM2. My take?¿ Quite probably a 530$+ conroe sitting on a 250$+ QXXX (sorry, I don't remember the number) mobo can utterly destroy a 1000$+ AM2 FX62 sitting on a 150$ mobo. But I'd like to see a 350$ conroe on a 150$ mobo vs. a 350$ AM2 on the same 150$ mobo. There will be the difference, 'cause integrating the 1333MHz FSB with the premium Memory Controller Hub on the cheap mobos is what i see less likely, at least until december or something like that.
If they can make it, my kudos. but IMHE, Intel charges premium for its premium mobos, and on the lesser ones, they cripple them (i815 bad experience, can't get past 512MB :x ) AMD's On board memory controller kinda normalizes mobo dependency, some are better some are worse but variation plataform to plataform tends to be lower than intel's.
that's my 2 cents, sorry if long, tell me your thoughts