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    Will this level the playing field?

    I was reading that a Citigroup analyst was saying that in May Intel would probably cut the price of the 940 dual core (3.2GHZ, 4MB L2 cache) cpu to $241 instead of the planned $316.
    This sounds like it might be a great option if it actually happens. Anyone have any input as how this will compare to AMD dual offerings? Intel probably has a manufacturing cost advantage since these are 65nm.
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    Re: Will this level the playing field?

    they are close to the same size as a dual core opteron as they have 2MB cache.

    the advantage is that they have 2 dies, versus one die on the AMD chips.

    Having one die (at least in AMD's case) is a performance advantage as the 2 cores can communicate directly. They cannot on the intel systems. Having 2 dies in intel's case is a manufacturing advantage as cost goes up when die sizes increase as the probability of a defective part goes up at a significantly more than linear rate.
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    Re: Will this level the playing field?

    How would the performance compare between the two?
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    Re: Will this level the playing field?

    the athlon basically trashes the P4 in just about everything, ESPECIALLY GAMING, except for being beaten in a FEW media encoding benchmarks by very small margins.

    The Athlon X2 is a true dual core chip, whereas the P4 is just a chip with 2 cores. The major difference is that the 2 amd cores can directly collaborate without intervention from the chipset...the P4 can't. Adding to that, the P4 is still on the same FSB, which is pretty choked by 2 cores and suffers from high latency due to its 200Mhz, unidirectional bus.
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    Re: Will this level the playing field?

    I boldly predict that if Intel slashes prices, AMD will follow very soon! If only we could get this level of competition between oil companies

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    Re: Will this level the playing field?

    the 3800+ is under $300 now. compared to a 2.8-3Ghz Intel dual core, it is a steal.

    The die sizes on the current 512K parts (about 150mm2) is small enough to where they could probably offer it for $150-$180 on the lower end model and still make some money. I would not expect to see those price levels until they get 65nm parts out...that will shink the dies to probably under 100mm2.
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