Intel’s decision to transform dual-core processors into an alternative affordable to all users is not only a victory against AMD, but also the beginning of a new dawn in PC technology.
Although it will take long before users will be able to switch to dual-core processors (Intel estimates that 2006 is the year when dual-core processors will represent an important segment of the market), this process is inevitable.
Moreover, Intel has succeeded in launching dual-core processors at half the prices proposed by the competition.
The three models launched: Pentium D 820 at 2.8GHz, Pentium D 830 at 3.0GHz and Pentium D 840 at 3.2GHz will have prices of 241, 316 and 530 dollars in shipments of 1000 units. The “slowest” AMD Athlon X2 (2.2 GHz 4200+) is priced at $537. You do the math.
Another important aspect that has to taken into consideration is that Intel also offers 945 chipset platforms which implement technologies like: surround sound, high-definition video and improved graphics performances.
In conclusion, in the war of processors, Intel has scored an important victory against AMD.