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Worse, ZDNet mentions AMD expects revenue to continue to decline as 2012 gets started. Of course, there were highlights including sales of more than 30 million Accelerated Processor Units (APU) for the year, resulting in record annual notebook revenue, while CEO Rory Read also noted "re-gained momentum" in its server business.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/24/amd-q4-2011-earnings/
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Easy fix. Piledriver just needs moar coars (TM). Rory Read should just go on OCN for a day and realize, gamers don't want a quad that's slower than an i3. And nobody wants a slow 8-core. A good fix would be to simply cut out the core/module funny business. If you can't get 2 slow cores working on 1 thread, it's pointless to split up a module.

I suppose I should add, AMD Fusion (Llano, Bobcat etc) were really successful. What exactly AMD screwed up, well, I'd assume most of the blame to BD, some to hard drive prices going up. AMD still needs to follow through on Bulldozer/Piledriver because eventually it'll turn into something sick. But, they should've stuck with BD on server at least until single-threaded performance got up (Steamroller?). Everyone would've been fine with die-shrunk Phenom II, with new instructions sets.
Edited by jrbroad77 - 1/24/12 at 10:57pm
 
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They might just have to resort to adding moar graphs to the task manager. Adding moar cores costs lots of money.
    
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Originally Posted by Kauke View Post

I didn't even mention Intel once. Bulldozer is awful, this is a well known fact and if you accusing me for being a fanboy by stating the truth, the this is you who are a fanboy that wants to hide the truth.
When Microsoft's KIN failed and everyone said that, they were simply stating the truth and weren't just raging Apple fanboys.

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And this comes right after Intel posts record revenue. Hopefully AMD can get their act together over the next couple of years for competition's sake.
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Intel has the upper-end market pretty much without competition; AMD is doing very well on the lower-end. And when you think about it in the long run, with the choice of an i3 or a E-350, you could easily get away with the latter for less, especially in an office environment where raw horsepower is never needed.

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For the enthusiast that knows everything about it, yes it is bad.

For the average person that does not care, they will not know the difference between their pre-built bulldozer machine and a pre-built Intel machine for 90% of the tasks they do (internet, watch movies, work in paint, documents). Only when you look into numbers in comparison to the Intel counterpart do you consider it bad. Otherwise it is just another part no one will ever look at in their computer since most of them are afraid to even open their own case.
     
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Server workload can benefit from many-cores CPU design (up to a certain point and at certain per core performance).

AMD has just hit quite a few setbacks in regards to its Bulldozer chips. Per core performance and power efficiency are not as good as they expected. For desktop, those need to be a lot better.
Edited by Riou - 1/25/12 at 12:12am
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Piledriver needs to at least out perform Phenom II clock for clock, core for core, else AMD is just sinking their own ship, they think adding more cores will compensate for hyper threading. In which AMD's chips theoretically should be way more powerful then Intel's since they are full logical threads (8 logical threads > 8 hyper threads). But somewhere along the line they made a big no-no.
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Welp, Llano did good... smile.gif (I think)

I know they had a net loss this quarter, but I thought I remember reading somewhere that for the whole year, they profited... Then again I could be confused
Edited by RedSunRises - 1/25/12 at 12:13am
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