you must be a large market, kid! like thousands units/month! so your support is kinda crucial, boy...
i've just purchased 4-cores unlocked AMD piledriver-based athlon II for under 70$ - i want to see how it will play out in real life - machine which i'm installing it in doesn't do benchmarks whole day, or one-threaded (or any-number-threaded application whole day, for the matter of fact) 24/7. for that money, i could buy heavily castrated intel, but i hate having features deliberately cut-off for profit
[for the record, i also have an intel i5-based configuration]
basically, i don't care what benchmarks say (though i conduct them myself sometimes), cause they don't reflect my usage of computer - i know you do super-pi and render scenes 24/7 and also have a eyesight of an eagle which is capable of seeing difference between 60 and 120 frames/second - but i don't. any of that.
when i return from work, where i have to deal with tens of different company-owned types of intel-based configurations, ranging from you-won't-believe-how-old to new i5-3xxx, i typically don't start to put various loads and measure seconds of difference, or watt/h saved - especially not on *that* machine. fast enough is what i seek - and low initial investment for secondary computer
anyhow, soon i'll have unbiased, personal-based opinion of piledriver-architecture, with common user point-of-view - though i'm an it-professional for living - at home i'm just average user with low demands (some office, some graphics, light gaming ending with diablo3/civ - that kind of stuff)
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