it looks like AMD is pricing these cpu's very aggressively, 6 cores with 14mb of cache for under $190 and 8 cores with 16mb cache for $220 compares favorably with sandy bridge pricing. the real question is how do these perform but i have trouble believing that they won't be at least competitive under well threaded workloads, especially with all that cache (the L2 and L3 caches have to be exclusive, i.e. the data isn't mirrored from one to the other) and aggressive turbo.
can't wait to finally see some benchmarks.
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It's obvious how well they perform, just like with all their other processors: AMD has to price their CPUs a little lower than similarly performing Intel chips. Lower because they have to overcome Intel's name recognition and huge advertising budget. If they charged much less they'd be leaving money on the table. If the charged more they wouldn't sell any chips. They'd be insane to price them any differently. They're running a business, not a fanboy club.
Last edited by jagabo; 12th Sep 2011 at 22:43.
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