A popped up on News.com this morning, reporting on an item that originally appeared on IDG's news service
. At the recent Hot Chips
conference in Palo Alto, California, Intel engineer Jonathan Douglas admitted that Intel's first batch of dual-core chips was rushed to the marketplace in order to compete with AMD.
"We needed a competitive response. We were behind," was part of Douglas's explanation. As to what Intel needed to respond, Douglas presumably meant AMD's impending release of its own dual-core CPU's. Intel technically ended up beating AMD to market by two weeks when its Pentium Extreme Edition 840 desktop CPU
hit OEMs ahead of AMD's dual-core Opteron server chips. The difference in quality for desktop chips became apparent when we tested AMD's dual-core Athlon X2 4800+ desktop processor upon its release in May. Because Intel scrambled to beat AMD to market, its single core-designed packaging simply couldn't power the Pentium D chips efficiently enough to compete with AMD's X2 series. The result: AMD's dual-core chip beat Intel's
across the board on our benchmarks.
It remains to be seen whether Intel's forthcoming Presler dual-core chip (due in Q1 2006) and accompanying chipset will overtake AMD. We can say now, though, that if you'd like to purchase a dual-core CPU-based PC in the next six months, by Intel's own admission, you're better off choosing AMD.