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The chips seem pretty decent for the price, and I think that if they were released at the same time as Sandy Bridge, they would have given Intel a run for their money. But with SB-E and IB coming so soon, AMD had better start dropping those prices. If they don't have the margins for that, they are in big trouble.
    
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I assumed that WORST CASE POSSIBLE would be that Bulldozer would be nothing more than an 8 core Phenom II.

I can't believe that they've managed to not even meet my expectations for the worst possible outcome.
I have to concur.
This totally sums up my thoughts on the whole thing. It's very sad to me too, as I've kinda been an AMD fan for a while now. I'm glad I went with my gut instinct and a 2500K.

Such a major sucky disappointment.
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So, when will these be available for purchase?

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Originally Posted by jivenjune View Post
Yes, it's called damage control on AMD's part. The reliable sources unanimously agree that Bulldozer is remarkably unimpressive. The sources that indicate otherwise seem at best questionable or merely often illustrate what occurs when a GPU bottleneck is induced. Even Anand gave an explanation of this indicating that in a GPU bottlenecked system, AMD tends to pull slightly ahead for reasons that they or anyone else could explain.
It's honestly very EASILY possible, that some motherboards are better "Bulldozer Ready" than other boards. Maybe the BIOS's on the "worse" boards just haven't fully matured enough yet, and aren't fully supporting the FX features? It's a full possibility if you ask me.

The potential of BD is there. Nobody can deny that...it does have potential. It's just a matter of figuring out what went wrong, whether its a chip problem, the reviewers didn't overclock properly, or if its a BIOS update that's badly needed.

Only time will tell.
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This is what happens when you work on an architecture for 5 years. You get performance that would be great 5 years ago.
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So, when will these be available for purchase?

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They are on Newegg.us already...might be sold out by now...for a new piece of hardware on release I hope they are sold out by now...if they aren't then that means the fail is too wide spread
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It's honestly very EASILY possible, that some motherboards are better "Bulldozer Ready" than other boards. Maybe the BIOS's on the "worse" boards just haven't fully matured enough yet, and aren't fully supporting the FX features? It's a full possibility if you ask me.

The potential of BD is there. Nobody can deny that...it does have potential. It's just a matter of figuring out what went wrong, whether its a chip problem, the reviewers didn't overclock properly, or if its a BIOS update that's badly needed.

Only time will tell.
I agree that it may be possible, but a lot of things are within the realm of possibility. Even within that realm, the possibility seems just heavily unlikely, sadly.

But yeah, I agree. I'd like to see this thing tested on a few other boards, particularly Gigabyte and MSI to see if the results deviate from the standard Asus board that was used.

The thing is though... Asus isn't particularly known for having poor boards or poor BIOS from my understanding.
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FYI Techspot also used an Asrock board.
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For those that are curious, X-bit tested with the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5.

Also interesting is that the review thread on the Hardware Heaven forum has been closed temporarily.
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So, when will these be available for purchase?

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