Originally Posted by NaroonGTX
If they would've added two more cores onto Barcelona, they would've had a power-guzzling monstrosity on their hands.
Bacelona/Shanghai = Octo-father // Phenom I & II FX
Instead, AMD released the "value" enthusiast; Perseus and Deneb
Barcelona and Shanghai were Socket F and F+ processors. The successor of which was Montreal, which was a Socket G3 processor.
FX's legacy is not the AM(x) socket, but the G34 socket.
Going AM(x) allowed for a "value" performance platform. While, if AMD wanted the "enthusiast" performance crown. They would have made Socket F onwards the FX platform.
If AMD wanted to compete with LGA1366/LGA2011, they would have done a single chip in socket G3/G34. More pins allow for more grounds thus more stable power supply.
The Leo Refresh was to fill in the gap of the Socket G3 "Piranha" Platform. Montreal which was a quad-core "Bulldozer" was going to be in that space. The language between Greyhound+ and Bulldozer has not changed.
Over the Greyhound/Greyhound+ cores. Bulldozer was always 33% faster in "Computational" operations and 50% faster in "Memory" operations.
The next "FX" platform and core will be revealed in February 2015.Edited by Seronx - 10/21/14 at 5:53pm