I have just taken a look at these numbers... and the actual article is also linked in the xbitlabs frontpage story.
While the numbers do seem good compared to the Phenoms, it is now pretty evident that comparing core count to core count is also becoming a thing of the past, like clock speeds did before. Intel hyperthreading, AMDs modules, clock boost techs on both are all making the scenario more confusing. Was it the core count that made it happen? Was it the IPC? Was it the clock boost on lower threads?
While this may be OK for those comparing performance at stock speeds with the boosts enabled, it might be slightly misleading and confusing for those of us who overclock the entire thing and disable the boosts techs.
Also, one very big question remains unanswered about the Bulldozer. The Power Consumption! If this 4 module processor does outrank the i7 in stock performance in an overall manner, but is not able to do so with decent TDP, then all is not so rosy for AMD. And linked to the TDP also is the overclocking headroom!
Like the good philosopher Jagger once said, you can't always get what you want.
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