Core 2 Duo user experience
There is a difference between benchmarks and user experience. Benchmarks usually test a single application on a cleanly installed system. User experience is inherently multitasking. A user may have dozens of applications open -- just check the task manager. As we have seen from users' experience on servers, Intel technology is prone to lockup under heavy load.
What about desktop? One of our readers measures power consumed by different systems while reading this blog, a very real use situation indeed for many of us here. Here are his findings of fact:
"I have a e6400 on a intel platform and a e6600 on a intel platform and a amd 4800 brisbane on a amd/ati platform and a c7 on a via platform.I have a digital watt meter that I know how to use...."
And his observation is
"My amd am2 takes 44 watts to read this blog while my e6600 and my e6400 takes 90 watts to surf this blog."
This kind of real use scenario is what really matters.
For instance, in game benchmarks, people measure the highest frame rate. But highest frame rate is not what matters. What matters is the frame rate at the most critical parts of a game. Intel CPUs may be able to run a simple scene faster. But, did Intel choke at those critical points due to the intensity of the game? No tests have done that.