Sandy Bridge takes out the AMD value equation
I've mainly built AMD systems for 15 years, as the bang for the buck is usually there. But, if I was doing a motherboard upgrade or a new system, the sandy bridge Intel systems is great value, and IMHO knocks out AMD's value advantage. The advanced architecture, fast memory read/write, and raw power of the 2nd generation i-core comes in faster than the X6s and around the same price points. For non-overclockers, H67 chipset boards from mainline makers are as cheap as $60.
AMD needs a strong response and fast. That would be good for the market as well. In the sub-$100 cpu AMD may hold the value edge now, the X4 Athlons deliver excellent bang for the buck, but when you are looking at $150 to $200 the Sandy Bridge are impressive.
AMD will likely be forced to cut the X6 prices a fair bit, and get Bulldozer to market ASAP.
Panasonic TH-42PX60U, Harmony 670, Rogers HD 8300, 3250HD, Denon AVR-591, Chartwell SL3-5A, Venturer SHD-7000, Samsung 1600 BR.