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FAR BE IT from the INQ to plug the competition, but leafing through the pages of Computer Shopper this weekend, we noticed something which confirmed a suspicion we've had for a while. AMD, the little playground kid that Intel likes to beat up on, seems to be making a Rocky-style comeback. Computer Shopper, arguably one of the biggest-pulling paper magazines still around, recently printed a 'PC Mega Test' for machines in the low, medium and high ranges, with British box builder Mesh Computers winning all three categories for three separate AMD processor-based systems. Since the launch of Intel's champion chip Conroe almost three years ago, AMD has been hard pressed to throw a punch, much less win a round in the highly competitive world of pugilistic processor pounding. So a PC-Mega Test win across three price categories bloodys Intel's nose somewhat and indicates things are trending up for AMD, with the advent of Phenom II helping the firm claw its way back into the ring. "Twenty two years in the business has taught us that our customers prefer whatever technology wins," noted Mesh's sales and marketing director, Tony 'Rock Hard' Riccardi, adding that, although his firm was processor agnostic, "right now, AMD has a credible offering at a number of different price points and the value is really impressive." Riccardi was quick to warn against complacency, however, emphasising, "Intel is always at its most dangerous when it feels threatened." He added that Chipzilla would likely launch an all-out offensive in April, with its Nehalem EP. Still, if AMD can hold on to a modicum of momentum, the firm may still be able to give Intel a run for its (piles of) money in the ring.