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Tired of talking about Bulldozer, let's talk about the future...and to me, the future is APUs, not these enthusiast processors people are putting in these huge desktop towers.

High performance computers getting smaller...that's the future, and APUs are what is going to make that happen.

Now I'm not going to hate on your desktop running crossfire or sli, I just think APUs are the future. Tablets will replace the desktop form factor for mainstream users. Let me say that again...tablets will eclipse the desktop form factor for mainstream users eventually. Heck a century from now or possibly a lot sooner people will be walking around with cell phones much more powerful than your i7 2600k. Think about that.

The one thing that has impressed me more than anything in the past 2 years is AMD's APU line up.

Reason why? I own an Acer W500, which uses a C-50 APU. Has a 9 watt TDP and performs admirably. Not a gaming beast, lol, but I can play Portal on it just fine considering it has a 6250 graphics found in the C-50. Full HD video plays flawless. Processor is a bit on the sluggish side at 1.0ghz, but the gpu is impressive.

Now with the new Llano APU line up I can make these general statements...

If we are talking mainstream desktops, Llano is probably the best option right now. If were talking mainstream laptops, Llano is the best option. If were talking tablets, AMD APUs offer the best performance.

Intel can't touch Llano right now. Nvidia doesn't have anything to compete with the performance AMD APU whether it be tablets, laptops, desktop, etc.

Considering Llano's impressive performance and with AMD Trinity around the corner which is rumored 50% faster than Llano...

http://news.softpedia.com/news/AMD-2...t-206052.shtml

...it makes sense as to why Bulldozer caved. AMD is more focused on the future: AMD Fusion.

What do you guys think.
Edited by BigCactus - 10/13/11 at 3:50am
    
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Yeah, I agree.

Hopefully by trinity they revise the bulldozer design and fix what may be causing bad performance.

But i do really think the future is actually Fusion. I wonder were fusion will lead us though.
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Heck a century from now or possibly a lot sooner people will be walking around with cell phones much more powerful than your i7 2600k. Think about that.
Um, 100 years from now? I would imagine WAY sooner than that. Look where technology was 100 years ago? 100 years from now we're going to be living in the Matrix or something. LOL. WE WILL BE COMPUTERS.

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Um, 100 years from now? I would imagine WAY sooner than that. Look where technology was 100 years ago? 100 years from now we're going to be living in the Matrix or something. LOL. WE WILL BE COMPUTERS.

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Maybe, but today the progress of technology is dramatically slowed down my economics. How long did people massively use 32bit CPUs? It is no longer correct that processing power doubles every year, that would be insane by today standards.
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Software is getting more and more advanced also, which drives the CPUs harder, no matter how fast they are
    
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Here's hope that at least that division of AMD still does things right.

I can't figure how to cram an Opteron onto my desktop :/


Server side of AMD still seems to carry the old 'spice' of their processors.
   
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I recently built a system for a friend and used the a8-3850 i was amazed at the performance of that apu. It kept up with my x6 no problem for the most part, and the only time they're were any really differences was in video encoding, and it wasn't that noticeable.
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It seems to me that Intel is making much greater strides in improving their IGP than AMD is making in improving their x86 architecture.

It wasn't long ago you couldn't even load up a game using Intel graphics, now they're slower than what Llano has for gaming, but faster for work-related tasks...

Whereas IB is looking to improve both the cpu by about 20% and the gpu by about 50%, we already know Trinity will take a step backwards with bulldozer cores, but I'm sure the IGP will leap ahead.

AMD shot themselves in the foot by making x86 an afterthought to their GPU's. Bulldozer desires power, power from the wall, above all else. Placing it in their next design would probably kill it.
    
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You are talking like only AMD will keep improving their CPU's and Intel wont?
Imagine what will Intel CPU will be able to do in 2years.(3d transistors, 22nm)
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You are talking like only AMD will keep improving their CPU's and Intel wont?
Imagine what will Intel CPU will be able to do in 2years.(3d transistors, 22nm)
Noone said that.
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