"Intel's new Core i7 series of processors is a modern marvel of
technology that brings previously inaccessible performance to the consumer.
In areas where multi-threaded applications are dominant, heavy multi-tasking
is the norm or multimedia encoding is the primary function, the move to a
HyperThreaded Core i7 part is a no brainer.
But Intel's biggest problem
might not have anything to do with AMD or another outside source: the fact
is that the Core 2 Quad processors are still fantastic performers, widely
available and pretty damn cheap. Anyone that has a quad-core system will
likely not find a compelling performance benefit to upgrade from it to a
Core i7 unless they subscribe to one of the usage models mentioned above.
Intel has definitely attempted to curb this dilemma with the introduction of
the $284 Core i7-920 and I think that this CPU will find its way into many
of our reader's machines."