It’s been a while since the last blast in the microprocessor wars. But Advanced Micro Devices took a shot at Intel tonight as it introduced its fastest quad-core desktop microprocessor, which serves as the four-headed brain of a PC.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip maker — an arch rival to the world’s biggest chip maker, Intel — is introducing its AMD Phenom II 980 Black Edition desktop processor today to target gamers and video freaks who care about high-definition entertainment.

It certainly shows that AMD keeps going after the high-value gamer segment in its unending war with Intel. But Anantech, a tech blog that rates chips, says there are eight Intel chips that are faster than the new AMD chip on various benchmark tests.

The new chip goes with AMD’s 8 series chipset and AMD Radeon HD 6000 series. It represents a bump upward in performance and a pricing cut. The chip runs at 3.7 gigahertz and has 2 megabytes of onboard-L2 cache memory. It sells for $195.

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