Intel? Intel??? I will never own or build an Intel machine ever in my life!!!! Overpriced garbage is what that is.....I mean come on AMD makes a slower processor (ghz) that performs on par with a faster clocked piece of silicon!! And they did the dual core thing WAY better than Intel did....Ok no flames on this thread...KEEP ON TOPIC PLEASE!!!! I also have a 600 now after 2 days of broken puter....but all better now!!
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C'mon bigtoy, this wasn't an invitation to flame Intel, despite the fact that I pretty much agree with you regarding AMD -vs- Intel... I went w/Intel primarily because of the fact that until QMDs were released for AMD procs (or the WUs came along that made it possible for AMDs to compete PPD-wise with Intel... like we've seen this week with the new fat daddies that Stanford just released), the best way for me to maximize points production per machine was to fold QMDs... that meant building P4-based machines. Don't read any more into my previous comments than that - I'm not an Intel Fanboi.
In fact, unless I manage to score another Abit IC7-MAX3 Skt 478 board on eBay, my next build will follow in the footsteps of my most recent 64 X2 3800+. The new WUs on an X2 look like the true heavy-hitters I was waiting for, judging from the un-optimized performance of my new X2 3800+ build.
My Pentium D 830 will probably max out at 700 - 750 PPD on a pair of QMDs... I think I can get higher PPD on an X2 running some of the new WUs... testing NOW.
If Intel wants to get back into the game, they need to focus on expanding the Pentium M line - Grammarton Cleric has reported 600ish PPD on his, which isn't HT (I believe) and hence is running only a single instance of FAH... I'd like to see a ground-up build of a dual core based on that architecture... might be a true powerhouse, without being blowdryer like the current crop of Prescotts.
SO... I wouldn't say I'll never build another Intel... who knows what the landscape might look like in 3 years? After all, go back a few years, and it was Intel whomping AMD's @ss... I never thought that would change, but it did. It changed before, it can change again. Be ready!