AMD has fallen on some hard times, dating back to the launch of Intel's Core 2 lineup. Many enthusiasts were hoping that the launch of Barcelona would mark the return of yesterday's AMD, where the K8 architecture basically scored a knockout punch for the underdog, but the chances of that occurring are becoming increasingly unlikely. At least in terms of raw performance, Intel has a roadmap in place that should keep the heavyweight belt firmly in their grasp. However, as many people are fond of pointing out, performance isn't everything. Is there some truth to the statement, or is it merely a phrase that serves as a convenient excuse? That's what we're here to find out.

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