Originally Posted by Bubba Hotepp
Going back to the fab problems, in my opinion IB is going to be Intel's BD. They made a LOT of claims about IB leading up to the launch.
Any claims that they made were met. It's higher performance per watt... it's a "tick+," featuring higher IPC than Sandy Bridge while maintaining similar or better clock speed... its graphics performance is much improved over Sandy Bridge. A normal tick would just feature the first point. If there was any other "hype," it was complete speculation and not an official statement.
Meanwhile, Bulldozer is lower performance per watt for most workloads, features lower IPC and lower stock clocks than the Phenom II X4 (and only slightly higher than the X6)...
I don't see why anyone compares Ivy Bridge to Bulldozer at all. The difference is night and day. The only real thing they have in common is an immature process/high leakage, yet Ivy Bridge still overcomes this.
If I'm right then when a new stepping comes out as the 22nm process matures and solves the temp/leakage problem, quite a few people are going to be pissed off that they spent that much money on a CPU when Intel should have delayed it until it was ready.
Read the reviews, stupid (not directed at you). If you're not happy with the performance, don't buy it. Also, they call it the bleeding edge for a reason.
Add to that AMD coming out with an improved chip over BD and this is going to be an interesting year. I can't wait to see how it all works out.
2012 will definitely be a lot more interesting than 2011. Piledriver should make some significant progress and allow AMD to catch up considerably. It's already doing well in the mobile sector, and I'm excited to see it on the desktop. It's possible that RCM could take clock speeds high enough to take on Sandy Bridge, especially when overclocking the two. Piledriver's improvement with flip-flops should help tremendously as well - I'm pretty sure this is what held Bulldozer's clock speeds back.
2013 looks scary though... the small bits that have been let out about Haswell are intimidating. Steamroller's changes are supposed to be pretty big relative to Piledriver, but with AMD, you never know if that's a good thing.