Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer
Spare me. Hate to break it to you, but Bulldozer test results for Multi-threaded, multi-core apps is already nip n' tuck with Xeons and the next revisions that come out, along with Microsoft fixing their OS Scheduler will have them either even or ahead of Ivy.
Bulldozer has its weak points but it really is extremely competitive with Intesl current offerings. The architecture does mean that some aps don't benefit as much but hey that happens with every processor.
AMD has moved and Intel is moving to LLVM/Clang. Even LLVM/Clang is being used by 3rd parties in Visual Studio.
LLVM/CLANG is one of Apples best moves ever. As a side note I doubt many compilers are optimizing for Bulldozer yet. People don't seem to realize that Bulldozer is a brand new architecture thus will only get better.
Intel blew it's shot at getting the embedded contract from Apple. If they don't watch it they'll lose the Desktop/Workstation exclusivity.
I'm bummed that Apple hasn't been more aggressive here. Fusion would be an excellent product for the Mini. Especially so when the Bulldozer variant comes out.
Right now though AMDs problem is execution. They need to deliver volume and have had issues doing so.
Intel's work on OpenCL is far behind AMD and Apple. With each APU advancement by AMD the more urgent the need from Intel to come up with their own solution.
Of course, AMD has bet the farm on it and is putting all their R&D Patent research into it.
Apple could break Intel's back if they bought AMD.
Well I don't think they would break Intels back. For one I wouldn't expect a 100% switch as Intel still has market leading processors. What they could do is to push Intel on the GPU and OpenCL front.