Originally Posted by Hokies83
It is not close enough to be Marginal .. It is losing in most of the benchmarks to a stock 3570k Those can be had for 200$ which is 20$ less then this cpu.
It is a great improvement over BD and a great upgrade for anyone on AM3+ and a very cheap 229$ up grad at that sure can not knock that.. that is good stuff there.. Wish intel did that...
Those 4 benchmarks pretty much proved everything i said about performance But still if you have an AM3+ board this is a must have upgrade ...
There's plenty of other benchmarks showing some pretty positive results. As stated by one, Ivy bridge is the fourth generation of intel's archecture, thus it's had many optimizations. Piledriver is just the first revision,and really just optimization, to bulldozer. That said, it's regular price will be $199(Atleast $20 "early adopters" fee), which is pretty competitive considering the 3570 is $215 on new egg and the 3570K is $230. If your sole goal is gaming, obviously the 3570k is the one to get, but if you use alot of multithreaded applications and are afraid of overclocking, 8350 makes alot of sense even on a new build.
I think the fact that we are seeing such divided benchmarks is a good thing. BD benchmarks all took a very negative turn very fast, and there is a general feeling of "nope" surrounding it, lol. So, for vishera to be given a "ObamaNotBad.jpg" rating, it needed to be a decent setup up for a good price. And i think AMD delivered on the pricing, it's pretty aggresive from the start.
Also, perhaps the 8320 will clock aswell as the 8350. If that's the case, a $170(after launch prices fade, obviously) CPU comes very close to a $230 CPU. Definitely not a bad value!