It’s a sad day for AMD, and also for the mainstream PC user.
I really wanted Bulldozer to be able to challenge the i7 2600K in terms of price/performance, but it doesn’t even really outperform an i5 2500K.
Given that the i5 2500K has only 4 cores compared to the FX8150’s 8 cores, the FX8150 should be able to eat the 2500K for breakfast.
The FX8150 has done pretty well at video encoding but, those tests didn’t use Intel Quick Sync on the 2500K. If it had the 2500K would have been miles ahead.
The FX8150 is Â£199 here in the UK, compared to Â£239 for the i7 2600K, and Â£176 for the i5 2500K. It’s really a no brainer as the i5 2500K is cheaper, and the 2600K is miles ahead of FX8150, and the extra Â£40 will soon be recovered when you consider the TDP of FX18050 is 125W compared to i7 2600K which is 95W.
Bulldozer needed to be good, and be able to compete head on with Sandy Bridge.
Now Intel can do what they want regarding near future CPU’s, as they know AMD has nothing to compete with them in the price/performance stakes.