Anand learnt his lesson the tough way
Instead of being the button-pushing pumper he was during the Conroe IDF, Anand did some more testing this time and exposed Intel's sick lies. Intel claimed 45% performance increase on gaming* with the 45nm Penryn.
However, Anand showed almost %0 performance boost in modern 3D games. The 3.2GHZ 45nm Penryn scored 145.3 FPS in HL2, and the 2.93GHZ Conroe did 131.3 FPS, the gain was 10%. However, that was with a 10% clockspeed increase. Clearly, Penryn shows no IPC advantage at all.
Fundamentally, Penryn is just a dumb shrink coupled with some more cache.
Intel's Q1 saw revenue below $9 billion. This was achieved when AMD is in a transition period, and Intel had all the cards.
Soon, Intel will be finished off by K10.
Meanwhile, people are flocking to the 3GHZ X2 6000+. And, look at this deal.
Some reader pointed out a cute observation. A 2x Barcelona ought to be enough to frag anything Intel will have in the future. Eight K10 cores has 8x the performance, nothing in Intel's future roadmap can scale that high.
* I hope Intel wasn't using Microsoft Minesweeper for the benchmark.