Originally Posted by cdawall
You do understand the entire reasoning behind moving away from a monolithic core right?
Yes, and I even understand that there was nothing to improve about Phenom II (which is basically an improved K8). That is evident from Llano's CPU (32nm) side which gained almost nothing compared to Phenom II (45nm). A new design offers room for improvements.
It doesn't take away the fact that something went horribly wrong, and only time will tell if they are able to improve it (Steamroller/Excavator). Don't expect much from Piledriver since it doesn't include drastic changes in the design itself (like it's planned for Steamroller).