Originally Posted by Minotaurtoo
its time amd worked on the efficiency per clock and forget about getting over x ghz for the PR... like the 3970X ...not a high clock speed, but making good use of what you have
There have been plenty of historically great low IPC, high frequency designs (like PowerPC).
This product blows for the price, but at least it shows that AMD isn't just going to shovel parts designed for laptops into the "mainstream" consumers. There is no reason to get excited about power consumption in a desktop or if you need something bigger than an Evo 212 to cool it. There's very little real world reasons as to why that would benefit you at all, other than running around going "lol power consumption!!!! I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT MEANS OR THE IMPLICATIONS BUT HAHAHAHAH"
AMD wants to get rid of the whole "value only" stigma that's attached to them. My guess is that Steamroller might actually be good, and if they released a good CPU with this "value only CPU" stigma no one would care because they'd think it was just budget stuff.
I'm just guessing, but in my opinion if AMD was going to give up on higher end CPUs and the only things on their roadmaps for performance x86 CPUs were crap, they would be slowly fading away from it now. Instead they are raising a ruckus on the internets with a product that is similar to some of Nvidia and Intel's price to performance when comparing products within the same company
. Instead AMD is out here trying to show that they just don't care. Not only that, but I imagine a lot of un-educated folks will go
1. OMG 8 CORES
2. OMG 5 GHZ
3. OMG ITS SO POWERFUL IT NEEDS A LIQUID COOLER
4. GAMING EVOLVED EVERYWHERE
IT works, it always has and it always will. People bought P4EE like crazy and, to be honest, it was in the same position as FX 9000 Piledriver parts. And Intel made oodles of cash off of it. Why would AMD not follow if they want oodles of cash too? They're basically just copying Intel's strategy.
I have no idea if it'll work or not, I think AMD has a much more difficult task set in front of them than Intel when Intel did this. But if you think this product is going to fail, just go take a trip in the internet way back machine to the P4EE days and glance at an Intel stronghold forum, and you'll see a few cherry picked benchmarks and a massive group-think disaster saying P4EE is the best because it has higher clocks, needs more power, runs hotter, etc.
People equate hot and power hungry with powerful, things in nature are all like that, from fire to cars to lights to, well, you name it.