Originally Posted by pioneerisloud
It's a rumor for right now, seeing as how no real users have a Bulldozer to verify MS Hotfix's on it.
However, supposedly information that goes to the L1 cache, sometimes gets corrupt and gets resent again in Bulldozer (that's a bad thing). It could potentially increase power draw, and lower performance significantly (which we have seen). Supposedly there was an MS Hotfix released yesterday to resolve the issue. Keep in mind that the reviews we've seen were all done a week or more ago easily.
Not to mention BIOS issues that could still have been there.
It's all rumor and heresay at this point. However, it is 110% fully possible that the software wasn't FULLY ready for Bulldozer at the time of the reviews. Now, that's not going to make a HUGE impact in performance / power consumption. However, it could easily lessen the blows that we've been seeing, and make it a more competitive chip.
+1 and this is more or less what I've been thinking all along since this mess started last night.
I don't believe the full potential of this chip is known and since it's a brand new architecture it's too early to outright call it a flop but so far the evidence shows this to be the case.
Remember last Jan/Feb the SB chips had pins burning up and USB problems resulting in a recall of many MB's due to a defective chipset?
Yes, even Intel has problems with the new stuff sometimes but they got those problems sorted out and maybe this will also be the case here.
As to myself, I did get an AM3+ board with plans for picking up a BD chip but had to settle earlier for a 1100T chip. This board (CHV) with the Thuban is fantastic, right along with the other AM3 chips I have for it so no regrets getting it at all. I'll probrably get one anyway to have it and many have pointed out it's not good for single threaded apps but remember - Multi threaded apps including
games will be here sooner or later, there are a few out now with more on the way.
Could be a L1 cache bug as described in Pio's post, it could be anything at this point - Who knows?
Maybe the chip's tech is advanced enough compared to the software and apps we currently have it's struggling with it?
Again who knows but the answer to this, whatever it is will be come clearer soon, esp with all the flak we''ve seen being thrown around about it. AMD has to do something in the face of all the hype that surrounded the chip and for now it's looking like all the hype was just hot air.
Give it time guys, I'm not counting any chickens yet, passed or failed ones on this.Edited by Kryton - 10/12/11 at 5:45pm