It's sad/funny how some posts are, like this one. You discredit AMD with this type of post.
Bulldozer IS NOT intended to compete head on with Sandy Bridge in single threaded performance. AMD knew they couldn't win that battle, so made Bulldozer with an eye on performance per watt on threaded applications that did mostly integer.
So, stop whining, because AMD will not beat Sandy Bridge, and it doesn't have to. But, it will perform well enough for most people, and if you've got something needing 8 threads, and AMD 4 module/8 integer core unit is going to offer you a solution perfectly suited for your application. Or even a four thread. Intel can throw in a big four core unit, or hyper thread a 2-core, but the former is bigger/more power hungry, the latter will not perform as well, as the AMD unit.
Absolute performance is NOT the end all. Bulldozer will lose that battle, but will win in other areas, and that's fine for AMD. They win at nothing now in that market.
Also, despite these clock speeds, you should expect the Bulldozer to clock higher than Sandy Bridge based on the design. AMD designed this chip for high clock speeds, and when they work out all the warts, it should clock quite high.
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