AM2+ HT 3.0 motherboard now available
The killer is coming. K10 frags Core 2 more than K8 did Netburst.
Intelers are always in denial. In any case, Intel won't have similar technology until 2009 the earliest. It took the brilliant Israeli engineers three years to figure out Pentium 3. It has take them five years to grasp the essence HyperTransport 1.0 and direct connect architecture 1.0.
They plan to have a copy of HT (codenamed "quickpass") fully operational in 2009, which they call the greatest Intel innovation since 80286.
AMD's strategy is simple: market share at all costs. As long as Intel's market share is shrinking, its ability to wage war is severely hampered. As AMD takes more share, it only needs a small window of opportunity to finish off Intel due to the latter's large size and inefficiencies.
A 2.6GHZ K10 is sufficient to frag a 4GHZ Intel Quad -- recall Intel CPUs do not scale with frequency due to FSB bottleneck. Such a crushing performance lead will force Intel to cut prices, coupled with the loss of market share, Intel's demise is the inevitable result -- unless Intel quickly downsizes itself and seeks a level of survival that is about 1/3 of its current size.
But by 2009, Intel will have BKed, and won't be able to pay the anti-trust penalties.
PS: some readers seem surprised at those primitive attacks, get used to it -- Intelers have low IQ.