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Old October 13, 2011, 07:20 PM
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Default All bulldozer processors reviewed (8150/8120/6100/4100)

Not that too many people are jumping for joy over BD now, but found a couple reviews that include the whole launch line-up

http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-fx...mance-review/1


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AMD FX-8150, FX-8120, FX-6100 and FX-4170 - Introduction

I'll let you all draw your own conclusions while we wait for the best review of these CPUs to come out here on HWC.
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Old October 13, 2011, 09:28 PM
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No, they aren't.

All they did was disable cores and / or underclock to achieve the other processors. That is NOT the way to "review" individual processors as it throws everything from power consumption to on-chip resource distribution into the wind. Take those results with a SERIOUS grain of salt.

It is also quite underhanded and misleading if you ask me since they don't seem to actually have said processors in hand.
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No, they aren't.

All they did was disable cores and / or underclock to achieve the other processors. That is NOT the way to "review" individual processors as it throws everything from power consumption to on-chip resource distribution into the wind. Take those results with a SERIOUS grain of salt.

It is also quite underhanded and misleading if you ask me since they don't seem to actually have said processors in hand.
I did wonder with those that had all four in their review, how they managed to get them while some did not (i.e. AnandTech). Nothing like loosing some integrity for the sake of some extra hits.
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No, they aren't.

All they did was disable cores and / or underclock to achieve the other processors. That is NOT the way to "review" individual processors as it throws everything from power consumption to on-chip resource distribution into the wind. Take those results with a SERIOUS grain of salt.

It is also quite underhanded and misleading if you ask me since they don't seem to actually have said processors in hand.
I don't see that disclosed anywhere, you sure about this?
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I don't see that disclosed anywhere, you sure about this?
I'd say I'm 99% sure.

A) AMD sent an email to ALL reviewers stating they would be sending out an FX-8150 and that was it.

B) Emails from us and several sites both MUCH larger and smaller than Guru & Legion asking for the lower-end SKUs were met with the same response: "we are not sampling them at this time"

C) I see no CPU-Z screenshots, picture of the chips, etc. You'd think if they had all four chips, they'd be proud to show them off.

D) Stock of two of those processors has STILL not hit distribution channels, let alone retailers' shelves. So they didn't get them via other contacts.

E) They didn't get them through the usual back channels in Taiwan (where you can currently find everything from early Ivy Bridge ES to SB-E) because they were never distributed in large amounts for testing to system integrators, mobo manufacturers, etc.

Since the review was posted or sometime soon they MAY buy them and update things but in all reality, having stand-in chips in a launch day review gives the wrong impression.
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Thanks for the info SKYMTL. I wouldn't have posted links if I knew core disabling and OC/underclock was used, vice actual chips. That said I did not read anything saying that is what was done. I take your word over other sites, so everyone should do as you said and take the reviews I posted with a large grain of salt until it is clarified one way or another (if it ever is) while we wait for the HWC reviews down the road.
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I actually want to thank you for posting the links. By all means, more info is better than less.
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E) They didn't get them through the usual back channels in Taiwan (where you can currently find everything from early Ivy Bridge ES to SB-E) because they were never distributed in large amounts for testing to system integrators, mobo manufacturers, etc.
Time to move to Taiwan!

Seriously though, thanks for the info, it looks like BD may still have some life left, specifically, the 4/6 core.
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