http://anandtech.com/weblog/default.aspx?bid=279 Could the AM-2 platform be AMD's prescott? I sure hope not but this does not augur well at a time when Intel is showing that it has stepped up its own challenge and has presented a very viable option. It seems odd that there would be memory issues but then again, remember AMD delayed the A-64's initially due to mem controller issues. The mem controller is on-die therefore it is not as easy to switch things around as, say, a north-bridge on an intel board. I wonder if there could be a work-around, like a hybrid nb chip to alleviate some of the performance over-head incurred? Logically, this would not make sense since it simply introduces extra latencies into the entire process, but if it would help bridge the performance delta that anand is seeing, it might be a pragmatic short-term solution. Here's to hoping AMD keep their heads on straight and keep their performance level high.