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Have any tech specs been released on bulldozer yet? I'm kinda getting tired of my 965 BE because the performance really isn't that good. I need a new processor sometime soon, but I can wait until summer if possible.

Is there going to be a bulldozer CPU under $250 with similar or better specs (overclocking capabilities) than an i5-2500k?
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I'll just wait to see what Buldozer has to offer.
At least until you can read their specs or benchmarks.

Then you can make you own opinion and choose wisely
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It has been rumoured that it'll be competing (beating?) with i7's Sandybridge. So I'd wait for sure.
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I'd say if you can wait wait. Likely SB chip prices will drop in price even if only by a few dollars and at least if you wait until the summer or close to when BD benches start to get released you can get a bigger picture of what's available to you.
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In the grand scheme of things, an upgrade from a 965 to anything that will be available in the next 6 months is not likely to "feel" like an enormous change. If it doesn't "feel" that good then the latest and greatest is only going to "feel" slightly less bad.

Perhaps you have a bottleneck somewhere else in what you are doing? At what time do you say to yourself that the 965 seems too slow?
     
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After looking fairly closely at Bulldozer's projected specs, it will have a faster memory controller, possibly as fast as Sandy Bridge's, but that's about it.

Bulldozer's 8-core will be about the equivalent of a core i7 with Hyperthreading I think. Why? Because the 8-core is really only 4 hardware cores with two dedicated "threads" each, and AMD has made no moves to claim competitiveness against Sandy Bridge but rather "affordability" and a higher core count as forms of compromise.

AMD is back to its sneaky marketing schemes; they tend to attract the cheap noobs who just want something new. I also sincerely doubt Bulldozer will be able to overclock like SB. But, only time will tell... BD should be under 4 months away.
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Originally Posted by greeneyesofgod View Post
After looking fairly closely at Bulldozer's projected specs, it will have a faster memory controller, possibly as fast as Sandy Bridge's, but that's about it.

Bulldozer's 8-core will be about the equivalent of a core i7 with Hyperthreading I think. Why? Because the 8-core is really only 4 hardware cores with two dedicated "threads" each, and AMD has made no moves to claim competitiveness against Sandy Bridge but rather "affordability" and a higher core count as forms of compromise.

AMD is back to its sneaky marketing schemes; they tend to attract the cheap noobs who just want something new. I also sincerely doubt Bulldozer will be able to overclock like SB. But, only time will tell... BD should be under 4 months away.
So the top end range of the Bulldozer chip which I'm gueesing is called Zambuzi or something like that will have "4 Active Cores" with "2 Thread's each going into each core" = 8 threads?
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So the top end range of the Bulldozer chip which I'm gueesing is called Zambuzi or something like that will have "4 Active Cores" with "2 Thread's each going into each core" = 8 threads?
There are going to be 16-cores too.
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There are going to be 16-cores too.
phhh! F*** that! I'm getting the 16 Core then, nevermind that gibberish Iv'e just been talking about above ^ lol
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phhh! F*** that! I'm getting the 16 Core then, nevermind that gibberish Iv'e just been talking about above ^ lol
Lol dude, just read the 'Pedia article. It's worth it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulldozer_(processor)
The 16-core proc will be for servers and easily cost you upwards of $1000 .
...But at least we'll have consumer available 16-cores, which will likely be a good sign.
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