Awhile back I wrote about AMD’s Bulldozer after release. Now, AMD’s newest offering proved to be disappointing in the benchmarks. This is one of the main reasons why AMD’s processors never appear in my recommended lists – though I’m still considering putting together a separate AMD build. I do conceptually like AMD, and have built AMD system’s in the past – I just see higher value with Intel right now. That being said, here is a pretty cool article that gets into the technical nitty gritty of how Bulldozer functions, what their goals were in creating it, and why the 8 core Bulldozer just doesn’t cut it in Windows 7.
They don’t say it here (as this article is from October), but recent rumblings about Windows 8 suggest these problems are fixed – which could push Bulldozer into a competative position.
Analyzing Bulldozer: Why AMD’s chip is so disappointing … – AMD’s Bulldozer is finally here, after years of development — and its performance is significantly worse than anyone expected. The situation is ugly enough that it may explain why so many executives left AMD over the past …