Nice to see they might have a contender but I just don't believe we are going to see that speed anytime soon as a launched product from AMD.
We so need them to come out with a Phenom at 3 GHz speed.
I was just reading reviews of Intel's QX9650 processor on other sites. It is reaching 4.0 GHz on air with a stupidly low idle and Full power operating power and temperature.
Then I think of the difference in Core size. The 2 cores of the Yorkfield only take up to 214 mm^2 compared to the Phenom's 283 mm^2. I don't see how AMD can keep up with Intel. There D1D plant is already producing the new Penryn based chips. The Fab down south is starting to produce them and then 2 more 45nm plants come online next year.
This does not even take into account that Intel is already seriously working on their 32nm process.
<Sigh> AMD needs to shove a rocket up their, well you know what and get things happening.
Some people think that AMD MUST beat Intel. I don't think that. AMD gives Intel competition. If it weren't for competition, do you honestly think that C2D/C2Q chips would cost what they do now? Yes? Ok, take a class in economics.
Isn't it a bit ridiculous to compare a 300$ processor with a 1,000$ one?
Intel might have the better Quad Core coming out but I could build a full mid-range desktop for that amount.
The real battle will be fought between AMD's Phenom and the Core 2 Duo. It seems to come down to 64 bit architecture support and motherboards.
The $300 vs. $1000 question... well, Intel is charging $1000+ because they can... just as AMD could when they first dropped the X2-4800 back in the summer of '05. AMD can't do that now because it doesn't offer a top-tier product.
As far as "the real battle" you mentioned... oh come on... Intel has a quad-core already in the $300 price segment... and it's just going to bring along more friends for the ride. Don't for one second believe that Intel is just planning on throwing duos at Phenom... they're bringing the quads.
Well as much as AMD is taking the backseat these days,these benchmarks do show improvment to AMDs architecture.Just maybe,we'll see them come up with something to rival their arch enemy,INTEL.Way to go AMD,looking good baby.
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The 790GX with sb750 may be preferable to the 790FX with sb600 because of the overclocking headroom. That would limit you to x8x8 in CrossFire but would not be an issue with a single slot 'x2' video card at PCIe Gen2 x16. Because of your anticipated video requirements you may need to look at the 790FX with dual PCIe Gen2 x16x16.
There should soon be 790FX mobos with sb750 available. That would be my choice for the OC of the Phenom and CrossFire x16x16 PCIe Gen2. That would require consideration of the 'darkside' for your video
It is my understanding that the hd4870x2 preforms a notch above the 9800 GTXx2. In a 'trip' configuration I really don't know ...