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AMD's Next Gen Steamroller CPU Could Deliver Where Bulldozer Fell Short

MojoKid (1002251) writes | about 2 years ago

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MojoKid writes "Today at the Hot Chips Symposium, AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster is taking the wraps off the company's upcoming CPU core, codenamed Steamroller. Steamroller is the third iteration of AMD's Bulldozer architecture and an extremely important part for AMD. Bulldozer, which launched just over a year ago, was a disappointment. The company's second-generation Bulldozer implementation, codenamed Piledriver, offered a number of key changes and was incorporated into theTrinity APU family that debuted last spring. Steamroller is the first refresh of Bulldozer's underlying architecture and may finally deliver the sort of performance and efficiency AMD was aiming for when it built Bulldozer in the first place. Enhancements to Fetch and Decode architecture have been made, as well as increased scheduler efficiency and cache load latency, which combined could bring a claimed 15 percent performance-per-watt performance gain. AMD expects to ship Steamroller sometime in 2013 but wouldn't offer timing detail beyond that."
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Cache performance (2)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 2 years ago | (#41159451)

Without a drastic improvement on the in-chip cache performance I do not believe AMD chips have any chance of compete against the offerings from Intel

A recent Slashdot submit - http://games.slashdot.org/story/12/08/23/2151214/cpus-do-affect-gaming-performance-after-all [slashdot.org] - has shown us how bad AMD chips have become - AMD's recent FX processors have worse performance than an older AMD offering, the Phenom II X4 980 processor
 

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