Originally Posted by Rollo
Now they have much worse products and are more expensive than better cpus.
#1 Much worse for gamers, which is a tiny portion of the market. For 90+ percent of people they wouldn't know the difference if you replaced a SB overclocked to 5.0GHz with a Phenom II at 2.5 GHz. It doesn't take a lot of power to open up an Excel file or a PDF much less Facebook.
#2 People have a tendency to go with a familiar name thus Intel having a larger market share even when they had an inferior product for an extended period of time. Even if Bulldozer came out and doubled SB performance it would still only amount in a small increase in desktop market share.
As for the server market...
Trefis members predict the share will rise towards 17%
Like I said... in the professional world screaming fast clock speeds aren't sought after, usability is. Right now virtualization = usability and virtualization requires multiple REAL cores, not hyper-threading.
At 2.4 - 2.8 GHz a single 8 core Bulldozer chip is going to use less power and create less heat than the two quad core Intel chips it would take to achieve the same amount of virtualization.
with 12-core processors not far away AMD is sitting just fine. 16 and 20 core parts (if they ever really release them) would be highly sought after in the professional IT world.