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AMD May Be Preparing Phenom II X8 Microprocessors.
I care for the overall performance I get in everyday use, that is until more than half of my software is using more than the 6 cores (which I have now).
I love to do 3d renders, but I need per core performance to compose the scene first.
LoL supercomputer on my desk
a good idea for AMD is to not-stop making new Athlons and phenoms while selling fusions and bulldozers
the problem is that some corporations stop some great projects, which are successful and cost billions for no reason, remember GeoCities, AMD geode, .....
maybe the BIOS update means piledriver, the 9XX series chipset support them and they fit in AM3+ sockets, and it's also an engineering sample
I was going to go the C32 path but then bulldozer opteron were released with 8/6/4 module count
I believe the bulldozer can be a strong CPU, but not until another year or so.
It is better to improve the new technology that opens a lot of new ways to improve, than to just try to get more from a dieing (from old ages) technology.
and at the 22 nm process it's quite hard and time consuming
"they are not real 8 core processors, they only have 4 cores (2 separate dual core dies)"
the 8 core BD is comprised of 4 dual core modules which consist of 2 x86 cores an 1 x87 core (shared) per module
so technically they do have 8 cores they just have only 4 x87 cores
also Bulldozer is not so fast but Vishera ,Barca and Stream Roller are the fastest cores in the world in the 2013 and 2014 and AMD will create the new 20 nm sixteen core x64 processor until the next few years.
The new AM4 AMD phenom iv x12 170 barca processor has 12 real x64 cores running at 6 GHz and 24 Mega bytes of Level 3 and 12 x 512 Kilo bytes of Level 2 caches.
it is in the new AM4 socket and AM4 is faster than AM3+ and also everything is so brilliant when it uses only 75 Watts of TDP.
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