Can you effectively patch up a Bulldozer?

Subject: Processors | February 17, 2012 - 01:52 PM |
Tagged: fx-8150, FX, cpu, bulldozer, amd, 990fx

AMD's $270 flagship processor, the 3.6GHz FX-8150 had a mixed reception as the hype which lead up to the release built up our expectations to a point that the processor could not live up to.  Part of the disappointment has been blamed on the Windows 7 thread scheduler, which AMD described as not being optimized for their architecture, which lead to the release of hotfix files KB2645594 and KB2646060.  TechPowerUp revisited their benchmarks to see if these patches effectively increase the performance of multi-threaded tasks; single threaded tasks are dependant on processor speed so they should be unaffected by the patches.

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"After settling on the market, with all the quirks and bugs supposedly fixed, all the hype and disappointment blown away, we put AMD's FX-8150 under the scope. Benchmarks are done with and without the Windows 7 hotfix and in depth overclocking should resolve any doubts you have about AMD's flagship processor."

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Source: TechPowerUp
February 18, 2012 | 03:05 AM - Posted by Billgatez (not verified)

The patch barely changes anything. good muly threaded performance. But the 2600k is still the all around better chip.

February 18, 2012 | 04:18 AM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

Sorry, it wasn't the "hype which lead up to the release built up our expectations to a point that the processor could not live up to" that let me down with the FX. It was the fact that it was barely a faster chip than AMD's last cpu! Even worse was the fact that it generated a lot of heat by using tons of power and it was a huge dud.

February 20, 2012 | 10:26 AM - Posted by Kevin (not verified)

I think by the time it's band-aided, Ill have a 6100 OC'd and running.

February 20, 2012 | 10:00 PM - Posted by Dum-Azz (not verified)

AMD Should have bundled a 6750 video card with a Quad-core CPU and Saved shitload of money on R&D.

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