It's interesting that up until a year ago many people were showing their
AMD tattoos claiming that Opteron was king of the hill and Intel was going nuts.
Nowadays all these people seem to wear very nice shirts that hide these tattoos
as there seems to be a consensus now that Intel, backed by their immense R&D
capabilities and more than immense marketing funds, have returned to be king of
the hill again leaving the AMD Opteron (and even their own Itanium processor) in
the dust. This is mainly due to two big achievements: