This is quite interesting. pcgameshardware.com has done some gaming benchmarks with these CPU's. I'm quite impressed with Deneb's performances. It almost matches the i7's 940 scores! It's a Phenom II 940 vs. i7 940 vs. C2Q 9550. The most interesting thing, however, is not how well Phenom II scales against i7's 940, but how C2Q 9550 scales with i7's 940. *Note*: The Intel platform is on DDR3, while the AMD is on DDR2. Also, this Phenom II is an ES. The final product's scores could be totally different (good or bad). The first thing I noticed here was how great the Phenom II works here. I also noticed that the i7 didn't have that much of lead against it's last gen cousin. In regards to the results above, I would say the same. It seems that if you currently have a C2Q there's really no need for an upgrade just yet. Unless, you're Fit. Hardware Junkie's UNITE! Here is where you can see Intel's QPI really come into play. Even though the Phenom II is doing extremely well, Intel's interface of 6.4 GHz is really showing it's potential. HyperTransport 3.1 has already been ratified. It provides 3.2 GHz (6.4 Bi-directional) with performance pretty much even with QPI. (I will make a new post for this info, as it is quite interesting for those who want to upgrade to AM3.) Again, Intel's QPI mixed in with DDR3 shows it's power, but Phenom II is doing incredibly well. I'm glad to say AMD has finally gotten off their asses, even if it's a bit late. I believe this is totally due to the DDR3 setup. As even the C2Q beats out the i7's current flagship the 940. (There isn't an incredible amount of a lead by the i7 to begin with, but it is enough to edge out the C2Q gen.) Overall, I would say that the up and coming Phenom II will most certainly be one to look out for, being able to hold it's own against Intel's current flagship and proven C2Q. The Intel i7 940 is looking to be a beast, boasting an incredible 6.4 GHz link. If you have a C2Q 9000 series CPU, you can hold out until Sandy Bridge is out by 2H-3Q '09, or just go AMD Don't forget to leave some thanks.