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Excerpt: Recently, the performance gap between Intel and AMD has been closing — first with AMD leading and gaining some much-earned credibility, then, more recently, with Intel making a comeback.  Intel also apparently leads in performance per watt now, too. But Google had to know about the "comeback" when they announced that they were going to use AMD Opterons in the future a little while ago.Mark Edelstone, a prominent equity analyst writes:"Based on our various research efforts, we believe that most of Google's near-term server purchases will use AMD's Opteron for the first time." But why?  If the CEO of Intel,…

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