AMD’s desktop processor pricing plummets
By contrast, Intel’s Core 2 Quad Q6600 is the company’s cheapest quad-core processor and that’s currently listed at $193 per CPU; that’s also in 1,000 unit trays and for many, it’s probably still the most attractive quad-core on the market.
The problem I see for AMD really comes from Intel’s range of dual-core processors though ? while quad-core processors are becoming more and more accessible, one has to ask whether a much higher clocked dual-core is enough for most of us. Even in this day and age, many tasks still aren’t suited to quad-cores and so you’ll find a quick dual-core is more than enough.
Some would argue that a triple-core Phenom is the answer, but as we found in our X3 8750 review, they’re not the best all round solution ? if anything, testing the X3 made us want to spend that little bit more on a quad-core.