Originally Posted by xd_1771;15232571
I consider anything before official release unconfirmed/a rumour for the sake of the fact that final optimizations (BIOS, OS, software) among other things have not been readied, meaning performance may not be representative of the final product.
Sorry but this is just a stupid reply...you could've maybe said this 5 months ago and I might have believed this. Now, a few days or weeks from launch of the processors that are already shipping, no BIOS/driver/update will ever fix a CPU with such crap performance and you know it. Best case scenario is 1%, maybe 5% performance gain from some BIOS/driver fix, if being REALLY optimistic.
To be honest, I can't believe I didn't see this coming: they have resurrected the relic FX name to signify core performance comparable to their ancient K8s (one of which I still have kicking in one of my rigs), they've followed in the footsteps of the Pentium 4 by showing us worthless gigglehurtz records without the actual performance behind them saying something along the lines of "if it clocks this high, it must be good!" and they've been "keeping quiet" in the same way they did for their gen 1 Phenom.
Every leak/preview I've seen so far shows the Bulldozer falling flat on its face in performance, losing to CPUs with half the core count & a lower TDP, and the people thinking this is some Intel conspiracy are blind: not even the world's biggest Intel fanboys want Bulldozer to fail this hard, because Intel haven't even released their "enthusiast level" CPU lineup yet and if this is the performance of the competition that's still stuck in 2007 competing against socket 775 CPUs, Intel may as well up the price of their CPUs...and I seriously dread to even image what they're going to price their SB-E processors at (starting at $1000 a piece for a non-extreme LGA 2011 CPU, anyone?), let alone the future Ivy Bridge CPUs. I doubt even Intel enjoy their performance lead, considering how many times they've competed with themselves and had to EOL their own platforms.
From everything I've seen, it seems clear they're going to pull another pre-B2 Phenom, even though this is their first new architecture since the K8, yet having performance comparable to their 2003 architecture. I for one, am not going to wait around before buying a PC for that to happen. I'll be picking up a cheap SB CPU in a few days before they go up in price, it's clear Bulldozer is not going to be competition to anything outside of the AM3 platform.And I'll be keeping the K8 rig as almost a tribute of the time when AMD CPUs didn't suck and helped/kick-started technological progress in x86 CPUs.Edited by Am* - 10/9/11 at 8:12am