Early last month, several analysts noted that PC makers, which were getting a first look at the new chip, were giving it a thumbs-up. "The OEMs seemed to be pretty happy with it," said analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group, in a previous interview. "It's showing up ahead of schedule, and it seems to be performing well against expectations."
"I estimate that [AMD] once owned maybe a third of the server market share in the Opteron glory days," said Olds. "However, Intel made a furious comeback with quad-core chips and probably reduced AMD's share to around 10% of the server market. This should give AMD a chance to get some of that back. They won't have the huge advantage they had over Intel in the glory days, but they are now competitive."