@ Daniel - Fanboy?
Your ill informed and personal comments above are the exact reason fanboys exist.
Just so you know my day to day system right now is a DFI NF4 socket 939 system with an AMD 3200+ processor (yes single core!!) and has been for the last few years...it's not overclocked and never has been. It's used with a couple of Nvidia Quadro cards. My backend server has a Core 2 Duo 6400 with a fairly run of the mill radeon card (can't even remember the model number).
Your comment though show's a massive lack of understanding of the market.....the 'hot product' is speed driven...same as cars (why do you think Top Gear DON'T show the latest ford Focus week after week). It's these numbers that get the media coverage which filters down to the consumer media coverage and gives the range the 'sheen'.
I read a review over the weekend of a QX9650 being overclocked to 6Ghz....6Ghz FFS, that's twice the rated speed of the processor....admittedly the person who did it probably spent more on his cooling system then all the other components combined....but 6Ghz FFS.
Now if that means I can buy a Q9450 in January and crank it up to 3Ghz on air it'll pidd all over anything I've seen on the Phenom x4 numbers and all for the princely sum of about £150.
I want AMD to sort their act out...I want them to bring out processors that compete and push the envelope against Intel.....because as I said above I DON'T want an Intel that doesn't keep pushing the envelope as well.
But there's no doubt at the moment AMD are getting their arses handed to them....pretty much as you just have.