Originally Posted by skitz9417
hopefully steamroller will be out do the old apus and i hope steamroller is better than bulldozer and piledriver
Well AMD has shown us they can pull some nice tricks out of a matured process (Phenom >> Phenom II on 45nm). They also had issues with the arch itself it seems, and power consumption kept their high clocking arch restrained a bit. PD has shown that some fixes and a little maturity on the process can yield decent increases.
I was hopeful with PD after the let down that BD was. It delivered pretty well. I just hope I'm not getting my hopes up. But again, AMD is using the same arch with improvements over BD and PD and they also don't have to worry about issues with a radically different architecture than traditional, and they also don't have to worry about a brand new process node to get the hang of. This with RCM and expected cache and latency tweaks that they couldn't implement yet similar to Intel, prospects are looking up for AMD. As long as Intel struggles to see big increases IB not being much of an upgrade from SB, and they seem to be focusing on efficiency over performance now. AMD has an opening. So if AMD gets into gear and can produce whats expected of them, we might be looking at a much more competitive market in 2013/2014.
Things are looking up. Oh and if software continues to move toward more and more threads, this could help as well. I believe even BD did quite well when software was able to utilize all the cores and the arch itself properly. If 6-8 threads were normal for software today, things would look quite different even now. Gotta try to put my excitement in check. Just hard when things are finally looking so good for AMD.