CES 2008: New Intel quad-core CPUs take the high-end, but the midrange is still up for grabs.
New quad-core CPUs from Intel
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Intel has dominated AMD at the high-end for a while now, and even after AMD squares away its higher-end Phenom issues, it's likely that Intel will hold its performance lead. That leaves AMD to rely on price drops to stay competitive. And while quad-core CPUs are still by no means mainstream, they're getting there, simply because of pricing. You've been able to buy a quad-core desktop for less than $1,000 for almost six months.
Despite the pricing listed above, if you look online, you'll find a Phenom 9500 for around $200 in real world pricing. We have to believe the desktop vendors are getting deals as well, which makes it easy for Gateway, HP, and others to look to AMD to bring quad-core PCs into Best Buy. If Intel's pricing doesn't get more competitive, consumers might come to think of AMD as the quad-core leader, simply because its chips are in the most affordable quad core systems, the ones that non-enthusiasts might actually buy. And it's not like Phenom is a bad CPU, it's just not as fast as Core 2 Quad. But if you can get a Phenom for significantly less, it starts to look more appealing.
Of course we like this kind of competition. It puts powerful technology into more hands because of lower prices. But it seemed like with the expansion of its