Sheesh, this is now the 3rd thread on this I have seen. Most of the issues were addressed in the follow up article and Conroe still beat the AMD by a significant margin. The chipset issue, yeah, but really, what could that make up, 5% at most?
Anyways, as I have pointed out in another response, this is still a $500 CPU against a $1,000 CPU. Unless AM2 chips significantly increase IPC, AMD is screwed, and by the preview, AM2 will not significantly improve IPC.
Conroe should be at 2.9Ghz by the end of the year and 3.33Ghz early 2007. Then we can compare flagship vs flagship. You think that 'super fast chipset' will make the difference?