I understand some frusteration in this thread but "it's time to face the facts" followed by "this is my opinion" does not make a good argument.
I'm looking for some email correspondence between a forum member and someone who works for AMD, but they basically came out and said that they can't say anything but AM3+ isn't going anywhere for a while.
However some of you seem to be really bitten by the "Intel changes sockets every two years and AMD hasn't so AMD really needs to change their socket" bug pretty bad.
If you folks are thinking that Intel's new sockets are a big deal, you're making a big mistake. Intel has been removing
pins from their sockets and re-arranging them, not offering massive improvements from previous sockets.
I have a little joke I like to tell people who get all excited about Intel socket changes.
We went from 1156 pins to 1155 pins to 1150 pins, clearly less pins means a better platform, so soon Intel will reach maximum performance and lowest power consumption by switching to a 1 pin CPU socket.
But to be honest, we've seen different memory, different chipsets, different CPU archtiectures on the same sockets. The role that pins play in providing features to a platform is grossly exaggerated by a lot of people.
AMD slipped, and this is Read's first whoops. It's delayed. We've seen Bulldozer come out around October and then Piledriver come out in October, we're used to fall FX releases. There is no fall FX release and the server road maps have changed, and the conclusion people are drawing from that is not that AMD may be changing their server to desktop same die strategy or that there may be fab issues or whatever for Steamroller, but that AMD FX Steamroller is DOOMED and it's NEVER GOING TO SHOW UP and AMD HAS ABANDONED US!!!
To be quite honest, the only thing that would make me 100% believe or not believe in FX Steamroller is an official roadmap from AMD for the desktop.
AMD's server market share is abysmal (less than 5%) and their gamer share (going off of Steam Hardware Survey) is hovering around 27%. And they also have another product that's popular with gamers (their GPUs).
I've wondered why AMD, with these sorts of numbers, felt compelled to release a server chip and then adapt it to a gaming and desktop chip. I'm more or less viewing the new server roadmap as AMD realizing that creating a CPU that's designed around multi-threaded integer work loads (which is not what you need for gaming) and then saying "look at our gaming platform with our high end GPUs" is a really stupid decision.
Do you guys really, honestly think that AMD is going to just give up their marketshare of gamers and then go "Look at this great gaming platform with an Intel CPU and our AMD GPU?"
You know what halo products are? That's the opposite, that's an anchor product, where you create a world where everyone runs around and goes "AMD CPUs suck so bad that they can't even use them to play games on in their gaming evolved program, why should I buy this APU when I can get an Intel? It's what AMD uses itself for games anyways!"
One more little thing, Amazon results of desktop CPUs sorted by popularity: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st?keywords=desktop+cpus&qid=1375122897&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A541966%2Cn%3A193870011%2Cn%3A229189%2Ck%3Adesktop+cpus&sort=popularity-rank
Can you spot the APU? Do you guys really, honestly believe that AMD Is just going to walk away and give
that to Intel?
If you want my baseless conjecture about FX Steamroller, here it is:
Steamroller 1.0 was just a mediocre 10% increase in performance, kind of like BD to PD. AMD caught wind of the Broadwell desktop cancellation and Haswell refresh before any of us did, and decided they had a window to catch up. Then Jim Keller shows up and realizes that Steamroller is still broken and has a ton of room for improvement, and AMD decides it's worth it to make massive changes to Steamroller and delay it since Intel is going to sit on Haswell for 2014 and not tock anyways. Throw in a very likely 20nm delay in there as well, perhaps something along the lines of "we're going to have to wait 8 months or a year for 20nm anyways and Intel is going to just "refresh" Haswell, we might as well go back and work on Steamroller and bring it out when 20nm is somewhat mature anyways.
My opinion: FX 9000 series was a "refresh" of Piledriver to keep attention on AMD CPUs because Steamroller FX is delayed and it's coming, but not for a while yet.
But I still see no reason to bail on AM3+. DDR4 won't be worth it in 2014, you don't need a new socket for a new chipset, and AMD has a solid install base of AM3+ motherboard users who would buy an AMD CPU that was faster than what they have but probably wouldn't do so if they had to buy a new motherboard, as they'd probably just go Intel.