As you could observe, after the i7 980X introduction in a month or two at the high end – which follows the entry level dual core Westmeres soon after you read this, there is NOTHING else in 2010. From a competitive point, this still looks fine. At the top, the i7 980X will wipe the floor with anything AMD has right now, or any stepping they may come out with, in 2010. And at the low end, the dual core highly overclockable Westmeres can hold their own against entry level quad core AMDs.
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Whether this is the fault of poorer than expected yields or engineering or maybe just a complete lack of competition from AMD, the facts are that Intel’s scheduling has changed quite a bit over the last two years. With AMD stumbling just as often (if not more so) on the CPU front, Intel is, unfortunately for consumers, not pushing the advancement of technology as quickly as it could.
While this is bad for consumers, it is good for Intel’s bottom line. They can take their time on development, perfect the process slowly rather than having to force themselves ahead for performance sake. Ugh – what’s an enthusiast to do?