Originally Posted by tpi2007
Yeah, dual core Pentiums went out of being usable for AAA gaming circa 2016/2017, but the price bracket compared to an FX-8320 is not the same. Anyway, Bulldozer was in no way "too ahead of its time in 2011". You got what you paid for, a lot of wimpy cores good for mulththreading, but not so good for single threaded. On Intel's side, you could just spend more and get a 2600K or 3770K during the relevant 2011/2012 period and call it a day, with both CPUs standing the test of time better than Bulldozer/Piledriver and with a much more balanced performance profile across a wide range of applications over all these years.
Dual cores have been pretty much unbearable for everyday use since around the release of windows 7 for me.
There was a time where an 8320 would absolutely hand my ddr 3 equipped intel i7's running as quad's their ass in BF1 multiplayer at 1080p - the minimum and average fps finally merging when I underclocked the Vishera to about 2.4 ghz. The quads weren't aging well by comparison.
The game now seems to have been updated to make it easier on the quads - which was advantageous to both the publisher and Intel. Has been a common theme in the bulldozer story - ( firestrike gimped it , early versions of cpu-z bench etc and now it's being played out with Ryzen - userbench ) such is the economic pressure on software companies to bow to Intel - " it's good to be the king".
I've always touted the Vishera 8 cores I have as being much quicker in the desktop than my i7's - After trying to figure out why this is the case - it appears that much of it is an unintended result of software being written to take full advantage of the processing power Intel chips offered - loading the cpu fully much more often than the AMD's. Watching cpu usage , about the only time Vishera get's pushed to 95% usage or above is during stress tests or during load screens on games/apps, it's incredibly rare for them not to have plenty of resources available to start or switch apps in the desktop. I've even noticed this when running my X6 thubans, they don't seem to "stall" for a few moments when opening or changing apps nearly as often as my 2,3 and 4 gen i7's. Worth noting that I tend to run both overclocked with power savings features disabled .
My son's i7 Omen laptop with the 7th gen , ssd and ddr4 is the first Intel rig I've owned that feels as nimble.