Broke a few frequency world records as well if I recall correctly.
Originally Posted by ToTheSun!
Bulldozer brought 8C/8T to a very specific price bracket. That's the absolute extent of the progress you can attribute to the 8350. This, though, has no bearing on the performance deficit - that is the result of a pretty crap architecture.
RTX brought raytracing to games in real time in such a manner whereby it's easier for developers to implement it and start dipping their toes and get acquainted with this new paradigm. The performance deficit here is typical growing pains of demanding technology - very unlike the inadequacy of Bulldozer.
This kind of comment is pretty surprising to me when we consider everything that's happened. Even when AMD had nothing else to fight Intel with, we all sort of kind of collectively agreed that Bulldozer was very underwhelming. Now that AMD has actually surpassed and pressured the competition with Ryzen, you're bringing up how "game changing" the 8350 was? Really?!
RTX brought an massively inadequate "solution" that once again is locked behind a proprietary blackbox so that no one else could see it making all that dev time useless, and is in fact actively harmful to industry progress (like most of nVidia's "solutions"), going forward. Don't praise it as if it is somehow better for us than Bulldozer was.
Originally Posted by andrews2547
Yup, that's why Intel had 6/8 core "prosumer" CPUs and on the market a year before the FX series was even announced and 8 core Xeons a year earlier
Xeon and Opteron pushed multi-threaded development, not the FX series.
The only gaming changing CPU from AMD released in the last 10 years is the Ryzen series.
I would argue that Kabini should be on that list for providing a <$50 chip that can game at all without a GPU, as well as being an SoC landmark. This was in 2013, and Intel had not figured out how to make an iGPU that could even get colors correct yet.
It was also what won AMD's contracts with XBox and PS4, and should allow near perfect backwards compatibility with the next generation for the first time in a long time, excluding GC/Wii which was nearly the same hardware anyway.
Also where are you finding this magical prosumer (HEDT) 8-core chip before the 5960X in 2014 again? Bulldozer was 2011. Xeons has 10-cores all the way back to Westmere, but X79 sure didn't.