Originally Posted by Masked
In some categories it does.
Personally, I find the hypocrisy to be HILARIOUS.
When the quad core was first released, OCN hailed it as innovative, awesome and great...Even though it was "crushed" by the dual cores.
Now that an octo comes out, with actual, "even" scores to it's competition...It's "crushed", "crap" and an epic fail.
I think the vast majority of you need to take a picture because, you'll get a perfect shot of the "rare and elusive" elitist hypocrite.
There is a huge difference between then and now.
When the first quad cores came out, they worked pretty damn well simply because they were a dual core CPU + two cores (quad core). That means that they did well on single-threaded and dual-threaded tasks, even if their price point was very high. It also has been proven that said quad cores are now superior to older dual cores because programs today use more threads, so they benefit from quad cores.
With Bulldozer, we're seeing the opposite. We're seeing an 8-core that SOMETIMES matches intel's best quad cores when the applications are highly threaded. Otherwise, the FX 8150 flat out loses. There is no consolation prize here; the FX 8150 is simply less appealing because it takes very specific circumstances to shine. This was never the case with older quad cores vs. dual cores. The older quad cores still performed up to par with their dual core brethren, and they also happened to crush the dual cores in multi-tasking and highly threaded environments. We do not see this effect with Bulldozer. In Bulldozer, if the program is highly threaded, it wins sometimes. If the program is NOT highly-threaded, it just loses, and most of the time, it loses badly. It can't keep up in 95% of situations, and when it does keep up, it just keeps up. It's not a lot faster.
Trust me, I wanted BD to be successful. I tried to think of any way that Bulldozer could be used right now that would make it worth the money, and I'm just not finding that reason. It has lower IPC, higher power usage, and is only a good CPU in very specific circumstances.
Anyone that says otherwise needs to have a serious reality check. Bulldozer, for the time being, is a failure.Edited by Mad Pistol - 10/13/11 at 7:05am