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"AMD fans have been awaiting the Bulldozer for months, and while it represents a significant performance improvement over Thuban, I'm disappointed with its overall performance, especially the memory bandwidth and single-core performance. Prior to Sandy Bridge, the FX-8150 would have been a very competitive processor; now, the best you can say is that performance-wise it's as good, overall, as a Core i5 2500K. Except that the Intel processor costs about $35 less: and that's a sore point, because historically AMD processors tend to beat Intel in a "bang for the buck" competition due to their lower prices."
"The FX CPU is by no means terrible. It does have a few shortcomings in its architecture that we hope AMD will improve upon. Nonetheless, it can perform solidly in multi-threaded programs and takes the cake in calculations that involve data encryption and integer calculations. It would be a good CPU for people who want the power of a full eight-core chip and do a lot of multi-threaded applications. Due to poorer single-threaded performance, it doesn't perform well in games. Overall, this CPU is better suited towards heavy-threaded productivity, and might be a better choice for those situations. We now await AMD's next iteration of Bulldozer to see how that performs."
"After all the anticipation the final release is a bit anti-climactic. This chip is aimed squarely at the future and is counting on the apps of tomorrow to become more heavily threaded. However in the reality of today the chip is just not something to get excited about."
"At the end of the day we are left with an FX chip that looks to the future but is lackluster in the present having to fight against a solid champion of the present, the i5 and a solid value of the present the Phenom II. The gamble is will the future that the FX is designed for be coming soon? If you are worried about benchmarks and saying you have the biggest and baddest then the i5s from Intel are the way to go. If you want the best value then the Phenom II still rocks the house. If you want to buy an FX then you can get a solid computing experience and a decent machine but for right now I would look in other directions if today is your focus."
"AMD have always been focussed with gamers in mind, and that’s why, on that note, we will be bringing you another article that will see us looking at the gaming side of this processor in a lot more detail and pitting it directly against its rival; the i7 2600k as we get down to the nitty gritty, to see if the FX-8150 can be redeemed at all."