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Review Consensus: AMD FX Processor 8150 Underwhelming

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  1. Dent1

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    Could it be AMD messed up with the FedEX and none of the reviewers got retail CPUs.

    Instead the reviewers used their own initiative and used an engineering sample.
     
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    That is the only review I have seen where Bulldozer clearly beats the 2600k or even the 2500k, I remain skeptical.
     
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    Well if you wouldn't type in vague phrases like "Performance increase over 470 is not that huge." when talking about a 6970 then it wouldn't have been a "misunderstanding". Make yourself clear or prepare to be "misunderstood".

    (Typical LordJummy knee jerk reaction)
     
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    £10 says it doesnt turn up.... It sounding more and more like AMD have something to hide.
     
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    Or they are having manufacturing issues.
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Very possible. But then we are talking about rushed reviews because they were waiting for retail chips.
     
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    Bulldozer Possible Issues? Let me Explain...

    Done some digging on Bulldozer and its possible issues related to today's software and Windows 7.

    1) Memory Bandwidth is somehow getting hampered.
    2) Cache Thrashing Issue
    3) Scheduling Issue
    4) 4 Cores = 2 Threads per Core vs. 8 Cores = 1 Thread per Core – Somehow the OS is getting this mixed up (Windows Update should resolve this issue so it can be utilized properly)
    5) Possible a performance Bios update is needed for Socket AM3+ motherboards. Current Bios used for reviews should be null/void.
    6) They should conduct a SLI/Crossfire Benchmark with Bulldozer and see what happens.
    7) AMD what happend to Quad-Channel? Surely Bulldozer is not being feed enough food IMO.

    Just my take in doing some research on the internet about Bulldozer. I still commend AMD for the innovation put into Bulldozer, and I too believe this thing is ahead of its time. Software developers need to quick mucking around and help utilize Bulldozer to the fullest just as they constantly do for Intel CPUs.
    W1zzard, as soon as you get that Bulldozer, please by all means Molest the bloody chip and give a wide range of scenarios if you can, in regards to 8GB of DDR3-1866 vs. 16GB of DDR3-1866 etc. I believe Bulldozer will do better with more DDR3 memory along with running a CrossfireX and/or SLI setup. Anyhow you know your stuff,
     
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    1. Unfortunatley, I believe this is a design issue.

    2. Possible fix with #4

    3. # 4, but doubtful. May have to wait until Windows 8

    4. I hope so.

    5. Doubt it.

    6. It's been done. Reviews are out there and it's not very impressive.

    7. It's not there, it is what it is.
     
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    This is a valid complaint. In synthetic benchmarks it wasn't really a noticeable difference when they used Win8.
    That's basically what BD is. They advertise it as an 8-Core, but it's 4 physical cores with 8 integer units and a buttload of cache. So they are pulling an Intel and marketing it as an Octa-Core.
    It's been done, the 2500k\2600k pull ahead when the CPU is the determining factor.[/QUOTE]
     
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    Well you might not see it as a failure, it's your perspective and original opinion. Maybe failure is to hard, maybe let's say it's an underachiver for 90% of the reviewers who were sent whatever chips AMD wanted them to get.

    Apart from the performance that you say you expected to be like this, do you think the desktop CPU market needs these products? Do you think AMD made the right choice to put out a processor that performs on average 10% better than their previous lineup on multithreaded and on par or worse on single threeaded?

    Do you think AMD has any chance to sell a chip that costs 60$ more than the i5-2500K while on average at stock clocks it performs better in 2-3 benches out of 10? Do you think anybody outside the small enthusiast community will wait for software optimizations in order to increase the potential performance of the Bulldozer?

    Do you think that a guy who has an X6 should upgrade to the FX? Do you think that a guy who has a SB should switch to FX? Can you please tell me who will buy this chip?
     
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    Yes, actually, I do. Maximum performance is un-important to 90% of the market. It just needs to work, and decently, as most users don't even know how to measure FPS. Enthusiasts are a very small part of the market, after all.

    Yes. I stated this long before launch, and still stand by that.

    I think people outside the enthusiast community aren't even going to care. Not everyone needs a "hotrod" PC. Most people will make a "derp" face when you ask them what a motherboard is.

    X6 to FX...sure. Will you see much improvements as such a user? Probably not, but at the high-end of products, considering multi-GPU, and potentially multi-monitor configs, the BD chips are a much better option than X6 chips.

    SB to FX? Nah, unless you want to play with something new. Many will do this; erocker already has...

    Who will buy the chip? Many people will. We have a situation where either AMD was incapable of making enough chips, clearly, if they cannot provide every review website with a retail sample, or there's something else afoot. Whether the problem is yeilds, or that all the chips are already sold to OEMs..doesn't matter. Considering that almost every retailer that did have chips yesterday is now sold out, I don't see why you would even question AMD's ability to sell.

    The fact of the matter is, if you ignored every other site, and listened to just what I've been saying the past few months, none of this would have been any surprise.


    90% of chips on the market are overkill for most people's real needs. None really needs to overclock. It's not like BD is incapable of running games or other apps because it's too slow...it's just not quite as fast as Intel, and is priced accordingly. Daily usage there would probably not be a lot of discernable difference in usage, for things like web browsing and such. I don't understand how it's disappointing, at all.
     
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    1.) people whom have AM2+ board and dont want to change boards
    2.) people whom have a AM3 board and dont want to change boards
    3.) people whom are casual gamers whom do a fair bit of multithreaded work as well e.g. encoding.
    4.) people whom do multithreaded encoding all day as a job/hobby
    5.) people whom want their PC to last for as long as possible and will sacrafice performance today if it means having a well performing PC in 4-5 years when multithread applications and OS catch up.


    I could go on, but 5 points is enough.
     
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    They are too emberesed to send one.:D
     
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    1 and 2 don't apply. You need an AM3+ board.
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Actually, they do, becuase most people will buy a complete system, not do "upgrades". Upgrading is nearly 100% an enthusiast thing, and mostly for enthusiasts with little cash. Most users will buy a complete system because they do not have time to do an upgrade, nor the required know-how. Those users won't be changing boards...they'll buy the whole thing new.


    You cannot apply how you personally use your PC to anything here. Enthusiasts are the minority, and any thoughts you have as an enthusiast aren't really AMD's concern. When enthusiasts make up most of the market, then AMD will cater to them.
     
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    Indeed, that unfortunately, is the bottom line in any area of business. If you're not in the mainstream segment, you don't affect that companies bottom line much and they just don't care about you. :ohwell:
     
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    I don't see that as an issue, although many might. But usually my own personal needs do not reflect in my opinions when it comes to technology. I'd like AMD to listen to me, but I'm not gonna ever think they will.
     
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    I was under the impression Bulldozer was backward compatible with atleast AM3, with the bios update, and unofficially backward compatible with most AM3 boards without the flash. I guess I am wrong :confused: lol

    /scarcasm
     
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    Ok, so they buy a new machine. Why will they decide over an FX build? I just can't get out of my mind the price AMD is asking for the 8150 when the performance is in the 2500K area.
     
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    Like I said, you are an enthusiast, just by having an account here, so your view is not important.

    Like i know that might sound like me just bieng a jerk, but the fact of the matter is that it is 100% true. CPU cost has no bearing when buying a full system. Final system cost does. If a 2500K system is even $50 more than an 8150 system is, guess which one is going to sell more often than not?


    If you are an enthusiast, AMD expects you to overclock, at which point, cost and stock performance is not important, because your costs are much more than the chip anyway, with extra cooling and such figured in. retail cost of the chip according to AMD is $245, and retailers are currently gouging prices hard, by $45 in some instances. That $245 includes markup for the retailer to make money, while OEMs that build systems pay far less because they buy in far larger quantities, and do nto have such large markups. At this point, retail pricing is very much a moot point.
     
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    You are talking about buying individual components as an enthusiasts still. The pricing is different for an buying entire rig.

    Non enthusiasts, wanting (semi) gamings rigs will go PCWorld or to a local computer shop physically. The shop manager knows that Intel branding fetches for a premium so the entire computer based around the 2500K will be priced higher than an entire computer based around the FX 8150. Customers in PCWorld will happily pay more for an Intel computer than an AMD computer because of brand recognition alone.

    I would go as far as saying that a customer would pay more for a lowend Intel I3 than a AMD FX8150. Simpily because they dont know whom AMD is. Shops know this and will mark Intel's prices up.

    Slight techy non enthusiasts might say "well I dont know whom AMD is, but 8 cores will last me longer and gain application support as it matures, so I dont need to spend another $1,200 on a new computer anytime soon" - and they would be smart to think that.
     
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    Any reviews out there showing FX performance under Eyefinity resolution gaming? The few people I remember talking up the FX line before launch said it is a monster performer at uber high resolutions. Granted it may just be GPU bottleneck, but with an Eyefinity setup, I don't give a damn if the 2600k handily beats an FX 8150 at 1080p and under. If it performs well up there and is better than my Thuban, I'll consider it. Otherwise, I'll stay where I am.
     
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    An example here would be a 2500K based system costing say $800 but with 2TB and 4GB of DDR3-1866 ram where as the 8150 setup can cost $600 but with say 1TB and 4GB of DDR3-1600 Ram.

    When it comes down to a complete system, companies will piece them together in a way to save money but still try and get a maximum asking price.

    We in the know how in the other hand know what to buy and how to build. We know how to upgrade and we know how to make a 2 to 3 year old system last as long as possible via smart upgrades and OC'ing.....:toast:
     
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    OK you are starting to convince me about the utility of the FX but AMD has to retire quickly the Phenom II since its existence at a much better price and for daily use and one GPU setup gaming still good compared to Bulldozer.


    Here it is, two 6970:

    http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests/cpu/amd_fx-8150_bulldozer/benchmarks_gaming.php

    Sorry but the X6 seems better in many games benched here
     
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