Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger.
I'm not saying anything, I'm just reporting the facts. I knew the Intel would be faster, but I expected maybe 5-10%, so when it was 40%, I figured it was noteworthy. Glean from it what you will.
The Intel CPU may in fact cost $79 more, but the P35 board I chose cost $150 less, making the Intel setup $70 cheaper.
BTW, both setups had nearly identical temps, so an aftermarket cooler wasn't necessary. That plus the fact that the Intel chip had monster overclocking headroom and the AMD chip had very little.
If you think you absolutely must buy an aftermarket cooler (which is nonsense if you don't overclock), then you can pick up an Arctic cooler freezer 7 pro for under $30, and they work extremely well.
Yes there are many other variables involved besides benchmarks, but they are important to enthusiasts everywhere and carry a lot of weight.
In conclusion, enjoy your loyalty, while I enjoy my performance boost.