AMD Phenom good! AMD vs Intel not so good!
I bought an AMD for the sole purpose to get away from Intel. I bought a Phenom based on its actual 6 cores, clocking ability, and the bad reviews of the new Bulldozer Architecture. I decided to build a Leo/Scorpius platform cross by using AMD Phenom, 990fx motherboard, and AMD Radeon HD 6xxx series video. The Phenom seems pretty capable and easily clockable. (4.3 on air cooling) However, unfortunately at this point AMD just seems light years behind Intel in capabilities and if they can't do better than Bulldozer they are not going to catch up! Further more, in keeping the platform consistent I went with Radeon HD 6770 video cards even though I have a board capable of SLI. This was a mistake! Radeon makes a decent card but nowhere as capable as my Nvidia's and it seems that Microsoft, and others, write their software around Nvidia because even something as simple as Windows Aero faults when using Radeon. I have 20 years computing experience and operate a local computer store so I know about drivers etc. and can tell you the problems lay where I am pointing.
In summary, the Phenom is very decent but AMD just simply cannot keep up with Intel. I have a 2 year old Intel i7-870 system with Nvidia GT240 video that can trounce the new system even running at a slower clock with half the ram.Read full review