The news is not good for AMD this morning, as publication after publication releases benchmarking results that show the new Intel Core 2 Duo chipset winning decidedly over AMD's 64-bit Athlons, which until now have been the high-water mark for desktop performance.
A long-standing promise of dual-core processing has been cost savings, and the Conroe-based chips are delivering on that pledge. ZDNet blogger George Ou's scratch pad shows that AMD will need to cut prices by 70 percent to match Core 2 Duo's price/performance ratio.
PC World reports that a Core 2 Duo test system scored the highest benchmark it has ever recorded for a desktop machine. Even the news team at Tom's Hardware, which yesterday noted that its own benchmarking occurred in less than optimal conditions -- proclaimed that Intel "smoked" AMD.
These performance reports continue to drive buzz about major price slashes on AMD chips.
Core 2 Duo systems are scheduled to hit the market in the next few weeks.