I think that Intel is competing with itself in the high end desktop market with this new processor. It is a better processor than Core 2 but not world-shakingly so.
What is news here is that the Opteron's dominance in HPC and 4+ server market has just been eliminated. i7 is a server monster processor.
Will the good folks at el Reg be posting numbers for LAMP stack, IIS stack, Oracle, SQL Server and IBM DB2?
I wish there was a Sarah Palin icon. I'd use it because she is a monster too!