Intel/AMD faceoff: you won't know the players without a program

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Reader Jay Blair (hi, Jay!) sent in this pointer to an article in Information Week comparing the Intel and AMD quad-core offerings:

In lifting the lid on the new “10h” architecture, which will power its upcoming Phenom and Barcelona quad-core chips, AMD is throwing down the gauntlet to Intel in the battle for processor supremacy.

To really understand where the quad-core competition stands, one must untangle the race to market from the debate over whose architecture is better. On the first score, Intel is clearly ahead. Intel already offers several quad-core desktop processors, as part of its Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Extreme families. On the server side, Intel currently ships no less than nine quad-core Xeon server chips.

Read the whole thing here.