Originally Posted by -iceblade^
I'm not sure how you come to that conclusion.
Already the FX 8350 has issues with single thread performance (watch what happens when you play games - the SB chips get much better performance than the Piledriver ones, and power draw, not to mention IPC itself. Dropping the TDP envelope isn't going to fix the core (get it
) issues of power draw (which would still be higher, especially once OCed), poor ST performance, and hence, being a better value than the 2500k (let alone the 3570k)Power draw
I highly doubt you can drop the TDP and make up such a big difference. Admittedly the difference isn't quite as stark as I'd remembered it to be, but this is something that's played out (sorry these puns just keep on coming) in almost all reviews. Why do I put such emphasis on games? Most people here are the kind who would consider such a chip and be willing to buy one. Most people here also seem to game. Of course, if you want to OC, then fine, go ahead, but that only makes the power draw worse, and there's not much stopping you from building an OCable Intel system and getting it to the same clockspeed, as well (which is about as fair as one can get to compare the two).
ATM the 8350's big saving grace is its pricing - Hardware Canucks were impressed for that same reason (they gave it a "Dam Good Value" award) but even their review isn't so great news for it in the gaming section (30fps slower
than the 2500k in Skyrim at 720p). You pay (at time of posting) $210 for an 8350 on Newegg and $220 for a 2500k, so unless this thing is like, less than $200 I don't really see it being all that compelling. I like AMD, but honestly, these chips... They still feel like a wet towel.