Intel is a powerful company that has huge budgets and massive R&D. It is and will be difficult for AMD to best them.
The 955's are aimed at the Q9550 in pricing and market share. I am a fan of AMD and use them over Intel, but bottom line is still that the 955 falls behind the I7.
Since I really do not care about benchmarks or applications, I am a gamer, I am OK with this as the 955 in early test results for games keeps up with the I7 just fine.
Granted I would love to have the encoding speed of the I7 but I really do very little of this so again I am sticking with AMD. For what I do, games, the AMD saves me a couple of hundred dollars on overall platform which I use on the video card budget.
So dollar for dollar I am better off with AMD, if I did more application work on my system Intel would be the choice.
Just my 2 cents, my 955 arrives Tuesday!
Same day of the "official" RC from M$, man that is going to be a fun day!!
PS, can't wait to see how far I can overclock on air...