If you live and work at the desktop level, then your concern should probably be with the "Phenom X6" or the "Core i9", both anticipated in 2010 I believe. At the business, corporate, or crazy enthusiast level Magny-Cours will mean big things for AMD. With up to 12 cores per chip, AMD will have a unique 1P offering, along with very strong 2P, 4P, and 8P offerings. That is, if they can bring the performance On Intel's side, they've already shown Nahelem-EX in 2P, 4P, and 8P. It's only 8-cores per chip, but with HT. And after my month-long experience with a couple E5520 servers, I'd say that HT has come a long way from it's first incarnation. So no, Intel nor AMD are closing up shop anytime soon. In fact, I'd say that it's way too eerie that they match up so well.