Summary: AMD Bulldozer is with us for months now, more than enough time has passed for the product to set into its market slot. Bulldozer and AMD did not live up to expectations, nor did they deliver a competitive desktop product which they very much need right now. For the past few years, AMD has always been two steps behind Intel, but always found a way to stay competitive in certain market segments that kept AMD operational.
Pros: Modular and versatile architecture, Great performance in multithreaded applications, Great overclocking potential
Cons: General performance below expectations, and rival products, High power consumption under load, compared to Intel's chips, Not the best choice for hardcore gamers
Summary: Alright, conclusion time, and this is not going to be easy to explain -- a tough one really. The Octacore AMD FX 8150 processor surprised me positively in some ways, yet bewilders me in others.
AMD has set the strategy to pursue processors with as many CPU cores as possible. The Bulldozer design is scalable, very scalable, meaning they are focusing on more CPU cores. The benefit here is that massively threaded applications really like that very much.
Conclusion: Benchmark tests should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's difficult to try and isolate the performance difference a single component in a computer system makes, especially when it's necessary to compare across different manufacturers and platforms. Complicating the matter is the fact that benchmarks change, a manufacturer may change the technical details of a product, and the retail price may change as well.
Pros: First consumer eight-core processor, Officially supports 4GHz-plus turbo speeds and DDR3-1866 memory, An FX system has 42 PCI-E lanes as opposed to the 24 lanes of a Sandy Bridge system, 990FX chipset supports NVIDIA SLI. Finally., AMD finally has a 32nm processor with good overclocking
Conclusion: AMD threatens to make a dent in Intel’s performance leadership with its FX-8150 CPU, the first to use the company’s completely redesigned Bulldozer core architecture, but stumbles in a few key areas.
Cons: Not always faster than competing Intel or AMD CPUs. Sluggish with single-threaded workloads. High power usage under load. No integrated graphics. May require new motherboard. Windows 8 required for some features.
Conclusion: The Adobe Photoshop CS5 benchmark also saw the FX processors provide decent performance gains over the Phenom II. Although the six-core FX-6100 was only slightly faster than the Phenom II X6 1100T, the eight core FX-8150 and FX-8120 processors provided significant gains and were able to match the Core i5-2500K. The encoding performance was far less impressive as we found that clock for clock the FX processors were slower than the current Phenom II processors.
Conclusion: This is the first time we've had the chance to put the new architecture to test and unfortunately it turned out to be a bit of a let-down. In multi-threaded applications the performance is good, and the chip does overclock very nicely, but for average gamer and home user majority of programs just aren't going to make proper use of all the cores.
Pros: Performance in highly threaded programs, Overclocking
Excerpt: We are taking the new AMD FX-8150 and giving it the power of Dual and Triple-SLI GeForce GTX 580 video cards. We are going to take the new CPU up to large NV Surround resolutions and see how performance stacks up when it comes to high-end gaming scenarios.
Summary: We are taking the new AMD FX-8150 and giving it the power of Dual and Triple-SLI GeForce GTX 580 video cards. We are going to take the new CPU up to large NV Surround resolutions and see how performance stacks up when it comes to high-end gaming scenarios.
The AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer CPU and Scorpius (FX) Platform Reviewed – Part Two
2 November 2011
Summary: There has been a lot of talk on the Internet about lack luster performance and disappointed reviewers of the Bulldozer processor. I am personally not disappointed, but I am not impressed either. The “FX” moniker stood for the top performing chip of its time no matter how you sliced it. Bulldozer is a brilliant, forward looking design, but it does not deserve the “FX” title.
The issue with the Bulldozer design is it seems to have something personal against old software.