Originally Posted by cjc75
I suppose you guys all think that all these Reviewers bought their FX Chips last night, bought all their testing hardware, last night... set it all up, last night...
And did all their testing, and wrote their Reviews last night.. all in time to have it all ready for you all to read this morning?
AMD sent out their sample chips over a month ago!
Do you all really think that all these Reviews were just suddenly generated overnight on the very moment the chip goes Retail?
It was published right here on OCN, though I don't recall where it was or what thread exactly, but the article was published here stating that AMD had sent out some 1200 sample chips for reviewers and manufacturers to test...
Therefore, most of these Reviews were done, a month ago; using those sampled chips... they just weren't allowed to publish their results until now.... and its very likely that the FX Chips on Retail now, have had some performance improvements added to them.
I would think it might be a bit more important to wait a little longer for all this "review dust" to settle; and wait until more people have these chips and start putting them through more every day use... and maybe some more updated Reviews show up from more every day users.
..and no, I'm not trying to defend AMD here, just trying to look at this logically.
I guess its possible that within the last month they found out a huge bug that was hitting their performance and fixed it, but I would imagine that AMD would send out the new chips to reviewers and make damn sure that the old ones did not get out. The NDA was lifted a few hours before the chips went on sale, meaning that stores already had them. If that were the case, I can assure you they would not lift the NDA without at least contacting reviewers first so that reviews of the bad chips did not get out.
That said, I really do hope there is something wrong and they find and correct it soon. Either that or roll out BDs "Phenom II" ASAP.
Edit: oh yea, and heres another thought to add to the "disabling half a module" discussion earlier:
Originally Posted by Anandtech
There's only a single Bulldozer die. The 6 and 4 core versions simply feature cores disabled on the die. AMD insists this time around, core unlocking won't be possible on these harvested parts.
If they found a way to disable a single integer core, which I believe was said to not be possible but I could be wrong, then maybe theres hope for a ~$120 octacore.Edited by mad0314 - 10/12/11 at 1:20pm