quote: The Pentium IV was a flop from start, Intel's new processor only corrects that. Where's Hypertransport??? where's the on-die memory controller and so forth??? I see a HUGE cache, now, let's move to applications that don't use cache very well.</qoute>
You can't be serious or you're just a n00b. While the IPC was low on the P4 when it cam out , it had the high clock speed to more than make up for it and dominate anything in its time. Not to mention the later release of Hyper threading, which made better use of existing silicon and brought a smooth desktop performance to the masses which was previously reserve for the rich. Granted the AMD64 came out hitting hard but the fact it ever since the original Athlon came out, both Intel and AMD have been playing leap frog with each other in terms of performance. FYI even without an integrated memory controller and no point to point interconnecting bus, Conroe seems to be performing quite well. If you asked me, since AMD has to use these 2 feature to perform as well as it does, it just might suggest that AMD64 wasn't that good of a design in the first place. And as for the cache, you obviously have done very little programming (if any).