This is really pretty obvious if you think about it. What was BD designed to do? Run 8 threads in real time doing integer calculations. Which benchmarks does it perform best at? Multi-threaded integer applications. What types of work loads do servers mostly deal with? Yup . . . you guessed it. www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/241961/amds_bulldozer_disappoints_why_thats_good_news.html More at link. edit: I guess this is just the sort of rationalization you would get from a fanboy, so maybe there's no point in denying it. It does make sense to me but then the chick you pick up at last call never really looks all that bad either.