"You'd think they could have included basic OOP, but instead the thing is stuck with in-order processing like an early VIA CPU."
They could have, but that would have meant a larger die and use more power. For the market that Intel is aiming it at, cost is a bigger factor and power consumption is a bigger factor than raw performance.
The original poster tried to make the point that an Atom would outperform an underclocked Sempron. That almost certainly isn't the case.
Re: I am not worried about it. But AMD might...A drop in replacement in the sense of a low cost motherboard with CPU.
AMD better recall and stop production of all of their single-, dual- and tri-core CPUs then, because they are cheap drop-in replacements for quad-cores.
Not really. BGA packages are considerably cheaper than the AM2+ ones.
You can't have it both ways. First you claim that AMD might worry about lower priced AMD BGA CPUs replacing Semprons, then you claim price bombing isn't much of a problem because they are cheaper to produce than Semprons.
Somewhat better performance than NVIDIA's recent champion, the GeForce 9800GTX, but with a very attractive price tag of only $200 or so. Too bad AMD didn't have this six months ago before the market was flooded with the GeForce 8800/9600/9800 series cards.