Originally Posted by pyra
You reading some different reviews?
Based on the reviews in the OP there is absolutely no reason for anyone to buy a bulldozer CPU for anything.
3DMark 11 it kept up with and beat 2500K often... Beat 2500K in Sandra... Also beat 2600K once... 3ds Max 2012... Photoshop CS5.1... Premiere Pro 5.5... Solidworks 2010...ABBYY FineReader... 7zip...Mainconcept 2.2... Handbreak...
So yea... its def not better than 2500K really if you ask me... but in no way does the 2500K "trounce" or "destroy" the 8150 in all cases. There is a market for this, though I think its too small. I think for most people this isn't going to be a good choice over a 2500K. But in cases like those above, its a cheaper alternative to a 2600K while delivering better performance than a 2500K.
So while I agree BD did disappoint in some cases, it shines in others. Its an architecture that will get better with maturity, but for now, AMD needs to work out a few wrinkles.
In my book, getting a CPU from AMD that beats/competes with a 2500K consistently in any type of workload is a good step forward considering the state of affairs before this. But they obviously have some work to do. Lets hope AMD can drop the prices and get llano yields up to make some $$ to get BD/modular arch's where they need em, that way Intel has reason to move.