Originally Posted by Phos
So is this article talking about a 4 bulldozer modules (which would basically be 8 cores) or a 2 module (near as makes no difference four cores) CPU? I'm not so sure this article follows AMD's naming conventions. Either way Bulldozer needs to come out already, the Phenom II microarchitecture is how old?
oh it was dated when it launched...was just beginning to compete with the core2 offerings, but nehalem 1366 had just been launched, and it was no where near its performance, took amd another year to even come close and that was releasing an hexa-core cpu to match the nehalem.
its hard to continue to beat amd's drum, when for the longest time, even the "bang for your buck" hasn't been true, when i went to build my current rig, i was thinking of going amd phenom II x4, but it was only about $40 dollars cheaper, and even then it was only marginally faster than the rig i was upgrading from, where for $40 dollars more i got the better product imho.
it will be interesting tho to see legit benchmarks of bulldozer, as the architecture does sound like an improvement, but history is almost always doomed to repeat itself, yes the underdog at times can upset the reigning champion, but those performances aren't often repeated. AMD had its hayday with the athlon series, it was superior to the ill-fated netburst architecture, but with in a few years (if that), intel was back on top again with the core architecture...
i personally do not believe that amd has the resources to keep any edge it has over any intel offering for long. intel has been consistent with its tick-tock cycle, and amd releases of new architectures and die shrinks has been sporadic at best.
k8 was beat to death, k10 (original phenoms) was a joke, it was plagued with problems, might have been a "true" quadcore, but that meant nothing cause the core2duo was able to smack it around and it was nothing more than sticking the finger in the dike to hold back the flood, k10.5(phenomII) was an improvement, but still was only able to become a "core2" killer, but intel had already launched a new architecture, and damn near a die shrink when k10.5 was about to come out.
a lot of amd "fanboys" place their trust and hopes in that amd will become the new crowned champion, cause it was able to only do it once, for a few years, but then again there is nothing rational about being a fanboy, if it was rational, then it would be obvious even if bulldozer is a sb/ib killer, it wont be reigning champion for long, and how many more years will it take amd to beat intel again?
when i buy i buy performance, not name brands, so go ahead call me a intel fanboi if you must, but i will state again, i didn't buy intel cause i was under the delusional it was better, or because i will fight vehemently that "one day", intel will return to its rightful spot. when i go to upgrade again, if AMD has the performance, then amd gets my money, if not, then intel will again.