Hi. I have been exclusively using Intel CPUs for so long now (put it this way, the last AMD CPU I used was an Athlon XP), that I have inadvertently come to see them as the only choice. I eventually stopped reading anything on AMD updates as they always seemed to be the lesser choice, compared to Intel - not a conscious decision but happened nevertheless. There suddenly seems to have been a huge resurgence by AMD and I am trying to get up-to-speed with why/how this has all happened. I was just looking for opinions on whether AMD and Intel truly are on an equal footing again or whether it is more of a "depends". As I said, I am not an Intel fan by any means (their socket policy is particularly irritating), it just seems that AMDs progress sort of led me that way.