Want a good example of why Intel -- or we, the consumer -- needs a strong competitor? DigiTimes
' has it from sources at motherboard makers that Intel will delay its mainstream desktop Core i5 platform (including Lynnfield
procs and 5-series chipsets) from July to early September. A rumor with merit given DigiTimes'
proven sources within motherboard makers like ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. The reason for the delay is to allow vendors to deplete 4-series
inventories that have piled-up during the economic slow-down. Of course, if AMD or... well, AMD could muster the silicon to compete with Intel at the same price point then such a delay would not be possible. How much you say? DigiTimes
has the Core i5 processors priced at 2.93GHz ($562), 2.8GHz ($284) and 2.66GHz ($196) when purchased in bulk.
[Via PC Perspective