Not trying to find a way of making a "slower than expected" chip "faster" but I just came with the idea that if the scheduler in windows is not optimal for bulldozer, maybe you can help it out by setting on which cpus to run certain process. I do so when opening multiple instances of convert XtoDVD for example, on my phenom 9550 just open 3 instances and give a cpu to each, leaving one core unused for my other regular trasks. This makes my system almost as responsive as if I weren't doing anything, of course a raid 0 also helps. Do you think this could work out? lets say, trying several instances of x264 or whatever, and assign a core to each, or maybe a pair of cpus (a module actually). Does anyone with a bulldozer at hand wants to try this and compare?