Originally Posted by mushroomboy
Not really, cause then you don't know how much they worked on supported instructions. Maybe they increased those quite a bit, making the new cores much better. This is the reason why benchmark programs should be designed for the Arch/CPU/GPU.
exactly, one has to consider that at the end of the day companies like intel, amd, arm, nvidia and the rest of the hardware manufactures all make hardware to create new possibilities for software and what not, it is up to developers whether they want to take full advantage or not, for example a software optimized with opencl might run way better on an amd graphic card than on nvidia, but with cuda its the other way around, and software done according to intel compilers will run typically better on intel than on amd,
the problem with these benchmarks and software as a whole today is that their all pretty much done according to intels standards/compilers/approved instruction sets, so nomatter what aslong as this is the case amd will keep playing catchup, unless they introduce something better as a platform, and even if they do it will be hard to push it and make it a standard since amd doesnt have the money and resources to do so
and in my opinion i think it is intel pretty much holding the industry back in many cases, recently i heard news about intel demanding higher resolution standards from OEM's around 2013-2014 when haswell is around, has it been up 2 amd such standards wouldve been pushed a long time ago since amd has much better graphics capability but offcourse only when intel has the hardware to support will the industry ever change -__-
as much as ipc and fat cores are important they really dont change anything to the game, at the end of the day performance gains as a whole are gained through newer instruction sets, more efficient ways of execution, accelerated software, and so on so forth, and as far as i know intel did very little to improve things and as instruction sets they were used only for business purposes to keep amd out.
i just hope amd can pull something great with their HSA and upcomming compilers that they were speaking about and turn the tables around a bit. that is exactly why they bought ati at the first place, to have an advantage and capitalize on intels weakness, which gained them 46% of the desktop market so far with their apu's, lets just hope trinity keeps that tradition and helps them gain more groundEdited by sergionography - 5/10/12 at 12:28am