Intel are mana libera sa creasca preturile pentru Peryn. Justificari au destule.If you were looking for a changing of the guard today it's just not going to happen. Phenom is, clock for clock, slower than Core 2 and the chips aren't yet yielding well enough to boost clock speeds above what Intel is capable of. While AMD just introduced its first 2.2GHz and 2.3GHz quad-core CPUs today, Intel previewed its first 3.2GHz quad-core chips. [...] today's launch confirms that Intel is still the king of the quad-core market.
Since not long after the release of AMD's Phenom series of CPUs, we've been informed that the infamous TLB erratum which plagues these parts, impacting their performance, will be fixed in a forthcoming 'B3' stepping. However, this assertion has been thrown into doubt in recent days due to an article on French web site EreNumeRique, which was later picked up by The Inquirer, suggesting that the erratum had not been fixed in the 'B3' stepping, creating the need for AMD to go back to the drawing board yet again for another spin of the silicon.
After reading this potentially worrying story, we contacted AMD to get their take on the matter straight from the horse's mouth. Their response couldn't have been much clearer, as they stated that the story surrounding 'B3' silicon not fixing the TLB issue is "simply not true", and that "B3 silicon does not have the TLB erratum. It is fixed.".
The Phenom 9600 is a product which performs poorly. Now, you can argue that in the grand scheme of things it's still a fast chip, and I can accept that much - You could still happily use such a part to run most of the latest applications and games without wanting for speed - But as soon as you put it up against the current competition from Intel... Well, the fact is that there isn't any competition for Intel. As our results here have seen, a Core 2 Quad Q6600 simply wipes the floor with the Phenom 9600 in virtually every application you can think of, and often by quite a large degree.