Originally Posted by 2010rig
But AMD claimed that Bulldozer would "BULLDOZE"
over the competition, in both single and multi-threaded.
Matching Nehalem ( Last Generation ) is not exactly "Bulldozing" over the competition now is it?
Bulldozer will beat Nehalem. It theoretically will achieve at least similar IPC, probably slightly more. And it will have more cores. That = win.
And think about it this way: if you drive a bulldozer over a bridge made out of sand, what will happen?
That said I do not believe that AMD will be able to match the 3960X. But at 1/3 the price, who cares?
What I think is that the original Bulldozer is a stepping stone. It introduces the design concept. Then BD-E in 2012 is the full implementation -- all-new FM2 infrastructure. BD-E may or may not beat the Ivy Bridge Extreme Editions. We'll have to wait for more details to emerge, right now all we know is new socket, ten cores, and integrated northbridge. Hopefully we'll see better IPC. Then Next Generation Bulldozer will likely be a great enhancement. Hopefully after that AMD will have some new ideas... riding on the same architecture forever put AMD in the situation they're in now.