AMD's new high end looks pretty screwed performance wise not price wise again... AMD will release its tricore and it should be enough to pull its self over the line against the E8X00's until intel counters amds tricore then their screwed in the mid end performance wise too.
now if only i had the money... aswell as an intel based computer....
Just a word of warning.. well two warnings really.
1. Until you see pricing on intels web site take it with a pinch of salt (not saying those prices are wrong.. just saying)
2. That is price per 1000 units. I'd expect to pay between $50-$120 more depending on the processor and how popular it is.
I really hope those prices are true as even the E8200 is just fine for my upgrade from socket A (don't laugh, I'm poor!) hehe
Those CPUs look damn nice. At this point I can't really see it worth selling my Q6600 and buying one when they come out. Figure on keeping the Q6600 for a few years, its a rock solid cpu and should be fine for a few years.
Won't be much of a contest... video encoding with most codecs is highly multithreaded, and the quad core should absolutely smoke through those tasks.
Not necessarily. I recall see preliminary benchmarks of a dual and quad core Penryn clocked at similar speeds using DivX 6.6a. A 5 minute DVD video was encoded by the dual core in 22 seconds, the quad core did it in 18 seconds. That's an 18% improvement.
In this case the E8500 is clocked 500MHz faster than the Q9450 so video benchmarks should be close. That's 15% increase in clockspeed. Of course it is also possible that the extra 6MB of cache can boost performance on the quad even more.