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My argument was according to Wizzards review. The Bulldozer performs on par with the i7 Nehalem. If Bulldozers single threaded performance is so subpar, why does the Nehalem get a pass? Sure its older but I bet 7/10 of TPU members still own a i7 920 or had one, and they wouldn't classify it as a shitty performer at all.
It's not that I'm asking for a pass, I'm just pointing out that people buy whats suitable for them. Some people dont mind average gaming performance if they can encode their videos super quick, doesnt mean the CPU is rubbish, just means its not for you.
In this review it only performs on par do to GPU limitations at the higher res. If you look at the lower res it looses. Nehalem doesn't need a pass because it offers superior IPC to Bulldozer. When you start looking at benchmarks outside of games you will see this. I am a TPU user with a 920 and I classify it as a better performer than BD even more so at my overclocked speed.
And I agree people should buy what suits their needs and purchasing level. I didn't say its total rubbish but I think Bulldozer is still a flop because it doesn't offer performance much greater than phenom II or intel 3 year old Nehalem cpu's.
When you spend 4+ years designing a cpu and it doesn't beat your previous model this is bad no matter how you spin it. And yes it offers you an upgrade path but not a performance improvement so why bother upgrading?