Originally Posted by 8800GT
If they make an 8 or 12 core with an IPC at least 80% as good as sandy bridge, with pcie 3 and ddr4 then I'm sold on AMD. I don't care about efficiency per core, since all game coming out will be optimized for 8 cores as per the new consoles. Our quad cores will most likely start to show their age.
People said the same thing about the '6-core' consoles 360/ps3. Also the new consoles aren't truly 8-core like a PC's 8-core, as a few cores are dedicated to background applications. Not to mention just because the hardware is there, that software will use it - games still don't even utilize 6-cores, and ps3/360 games don't even fully utilize all the cores on the system. Hardware is always far ahead of software, it'll be a long time before games care about 8-cores. Right now there's arguably
game that barely
appreciates 6-cores. Crysis3 utilizes more like 4 cores with a very slight usage on the 5th and 6th core, on AMD it's optimized a lot better but it's still more like a 4-core game.
Quad cores aren't really going to show their age for at least another 2 years. Just because a program utilizes more cores, doesn't suddenly make a strong 4 core weak. In 1-2 years you'll have mainstream programs and games that utilize 6 cores, and the 4-cores will still do very well in those programs but 6-core cpu's with weaker IPC might be closer in performance.
Fact of the matter is both FX and Intel CPUs right now are overkill for pretty much any game or program anyways, utilized or not, so development will be focused on firmware and the GPU rather then the CPU anyways.