Originally Posted by computerparts
The only thing Intel are "light years ahead" with is their imc, that's about it. Looking at it from a strictly architectural view, the Bulldozer architecture is light years ahead of Intel and current software for that matter. Sure it has lower than planned IPC and high power consumption which was due to fab faults, but the architecture itself is quite advanced. Considering that Ivy is hardly an improvement over Sandy Bridge, Piledriver may close the gap. Time will tell. At least if Piledriver can compete with Sandy Bridge, then we won't see another Ivy from Intel next time. It would be a win-win for us the consumers.
This is the same argument that AMD made when quads first came out. "But our chips are REAL quad-core architecture, Intel's is just two dual-core's taped together!".
The fact is, nobody cares unless you put your performance where your mouth is. Those duct-taped dual core's soundly trounced their "real" quads, and since no one buys a chip to admire the technical documentation, it didn't matter.