AMD will soon be launching a new high end processor, the Athlon 64 X2 6400+. This will most likely just be a filler until AMD can get Phenom out. Phenom is due this year but will probably be in short supply until the beginning of next year.
AMD’s current high-end processor the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ cannot keep up with Intel’s high-end offering so the 6400+ will try and cover the gap.
The Athlon 64 X2 6400+ will be clocked at 3.2GHz with 2MB of L2 cache with pricing between $225 and $250. the 6400+ will perform about 10-15% slower then Intel’s E6850.
I hope that AMD can fill the gap even more when the Phenom lineup of processors is released but I’m concerned that Intel has too far of a lead on AMD.