Yes it is pretty close to it but remember the AMD architecture is not fully supported on the compiler / cpu dispatcher LVL so when next gen AMD consoles ( AMD has literaly won the contracts for all next gen consoles and most pc games are first made for console then ported over to PC) when proper coding comes into the gaming / programming and general use the new AMD architecture will get a huge leap forward in proper utilization with far better performance and all around efficiency as of past many years the notorious Intel compiler / CPU dispatcher has been the most widely used by programmers of games / software / programs / applications and much more to be exact 90% of programs and such are based around the Intel compiler / CPU dispatcher which is known to be biased against other brands of CPU's outside of genuine Intel CPU's.
scroll down till you see green background and read then go to end latest post in 5/20/2012 with the newwest Intel compiler / cpu dispatcher where this is still an issue and even the US Federal Government stepped in and charged Intel with regards to this and fined them yet Intel is still doing this.
read the area where you see this ( In addition, the FTC settlement order will require Intel to: )
it mentions exactly this.
this is a basic link to get the jist of the history.
a bit about the more recent stuff in 2012-april 2013 in Europe antitrust case / more on the antitrust case In US.
search around a bit for easier stuff to read and understand what Intel has been doing and why it holds back innovation and advancement in the PC / server / mobile area and also why AMD has been held back so much and has not been able to advance as much. I see them winning literally all the next gen consoles a huge benefit from a optimized coding and also from a influx of income for R&D and such. I see this giving AMD huge benefit and also a chance to truly shine this is all coming from a past hardcore Intel fanboy but after I learned the facts and tested them myself aka changed some of the way the Intel compiler / CPU dispatcher functions ( tricked the Intel compiler / CPU dispatcher to see my AMD CPU's as a genuine Intel CPU ) then retested and seen around 5%-10% or more increase in performance / scores and such and a drastic increase in scores benchmark wise and some software / games then I changed sides.http://www.agner.org/optimize/blog/read.php?i=49
scroll to green background and read this goes all the way to the more recent 5/20/2012 Intel compiler / CPU dispatcher so it is still very relevant to this day.
I also want to link a bit more info on the issue http://www.ftc.gov/opa/1998/06/intelc.shtm
. and a brief history on more of the situations Intel has been in http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/121609-intel-antitrust-history.html
these will help you understand why the newer AMD CPU's architecture period are not being utilized to its potential.
I also want to point out most of these only go upto 2009 since then Intel has realy been drug thru the mud across entire planet in the court system by Dell / Toshiba / Sony / HP / IBM / VIA / AMD / NVIDIA / and many more and many countries themselves have been fining and suing Intel over theyre dirty business dealings and tactics so don't expect Intel to make huge leaps in innovation and such anytime soon Intel has not got a fresh architecture to optimize and refine like AMD has Intel has literaly done nothing but refine / optimize for past 20yrs on same architecture and nearing theyre limit of doing so on the old architecture all they have left realy is die shrinking and mild refresh's why do you think you have not seen any real large performance increases in past many years from Intel usualy a 10% at max with a very hefty premium cost to end users.
I also want to point out to get better all around performance from the new AMD FX architecture you need to manually download / Install the Microsoft patches http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2645594 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2646060
( they are not supplied in the regular windows updates )( if you go to install these must have service pack 1 installed if you go to install one and it says it doesn't apply to this machine for the AMD FX CPU install other one then reinstall the one that said didn't apply to machine ) read the info on these patches and a monkey can understand why these benefit a lot almost all the benchmarks / testing you see do not have these installed they do a bare bones windows install and basic drivers then commence testing / benchmarking so the end results do not reflect the potential of the AMD FX architecture at all this is not including the CPU biased Intel compiler / CPU dispatcher issue used in most benchmarks and such.
This is a direct explanation of what these patches do and why the results of benchmarks / games / software and applications and such afterwards are different than 90% of the ones seen online because they did not use the patches to get windows 7 to properly use the new AMD FX architecture http://www.techpowerup.com/158534/new-windows-7-bulldozer-patches-available.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICVeN6WEGgg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD6UcsVG56g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHnsfIJtZ2o
a good set of videos by Linus techtips a very Intel fanboyish person ( also sponsored by Intel )( I believe in the win7 tests he didn't have the FX patches installed ) yet even he admits the AMD FX 8350 future is looking brighter in the future gaming compared to at sec and also admits it remained perfectly playable except under 1 situation that was literally an anomaly the basics are it performed almost identical to the core I5 3570k 90% of time ( even when overclocked ) and also beat it many times ( even though the AMD platform is cheaper by around $60 or more for equivalent motherboard and such ) and AMD FX 8350 is a very viable gaming CPU and is very good for video rendering and such because of the high multithreaded function of the AMD FX 8350.Edited by rickcooperjr - 5/11/13 at 12:09pm