tbreak.com: Not too long ago, even the slightest refresh on AMD CPUs would get forums flooded with discussions from just about everyone. Thats why it feels a little weird to have AMD release stuff without much fanfare nowadays. In the last couple of months, we saw the introduction of Quad FX platform, AMD's switch to 65nm process for their CPUs and the introduction of X2-5200+, X2-5400+ and X2-5600+ CPUs.
legionhardware.com: The last Intel vs. AMD comparison was made back in July of 2006 when the Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 was released. Since then it has seemed somewhat pointless to pitch the aging AMD Athlon64 processors against the Core 2 Duo lineup. While the AMD dual-core processors are still very impressive and are the one and only reason that we have these Core 2 Duo processors, AMD needed to slash prices by more than 50% if they wished to remain competitive.
/proc/cpuinfo output for one AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 core.