Originally Posted by purpleannex
...hhmmm... Thats not the usual denial of their authenticity...
I have no idea what is real and what is not. When benchmarks appeared and silicon was only at the hands of a few partners, it was real easy to say that they are not real.
Now, it becomes far more likely that someone has silicon in their hands.
Knowing that there are multiple rounds of silicon and that the earliest stuff out there is always the slowest (early stuff focuses on low speed so that you get better yield and more parts to work with), it is always possible that someone has some old parts.
But my guess is, from seeing all the fake crap out there, that most, if not all, of it is not real, but as you get closer to launch, it is more likely that something real is going to show up.
But until you get to production level silicon with the right BIOS and the right software optimizations, you don't get an accurate understanding of the performance.
In addition, you need someone who knows what they are doing. If I ran benchmarks on a bulldozer I would get lower performance than the experts because I don't spend any time benchmarking so I would not know what I am doing.
This is why I always say wait for launch. Do you want results now or do you want the best performance? You can get either, you just can't get both.