Intel has jumped ahead of AMD a bit with the release of their low cost dual-core
Pentium D 805, at the very affordable price of $146 (newegg). The advantage of SMP sometimes far outweighs a faster front side bus or faster clock rates, so a dual core offering that is half the cost of similar chips is definitely something that will catch many peoples eyes. Running at 2.66GHz with 2MB of L2 cache (1mb per core) and running on a 533MHz FSB, spec-wise the chip isn't breaking any ground, but price wise it definitely is. AMD has their work cut out for them if they wish to challenge Intel in the cheap dual core market now, and it will be very interesting to see how this changes the market, most especially in office environments where multitasking performance far outweighs the need for raw performance.