Originally Posted by Wile E
That's not true at all. Core i7's die size is 263mm^2 and Phenom II is 258mm^2, so if Intel can't fit 8 cores onto their chip, then AMD won't be able to either.
Yeah, expect that to change. ;-) Only reason PII has a bigger die... memory controller...
Remember, AMD's PII has both DDR2 and DDR3 controllers and Intel's does not. Memory Controllers take up alot of space still. From Nordic Hardware-
"It's probably not a bad idea for AMD to take advantage of their relatively small core size. At 45nm it can cram two cores (with 256 kB L1 total) into 30mm2. A single Nehalem core with 256 kB L2 also occupies ~30 mm2. "
So... I wouldn't say that isn't true at all.