This is disappointing news but numerous sources have been hinting at this delay for the past few weeks. Now we wait and see if Bulldozer will in fact be able to perform anywhere within the range of Sandy Bridge. Suspect that many of those that have been waiting on this processor will now switch over to Intel or wait for Sandy Bridge E.
Sandy Bridge-E i7-3820.....$294SB-E is not going to compete with BD though for 2 reasons:
1) SB-E's cheapest CPU will be > $300, motherboard > $200, quad-channel ram, etc. Also, you would be stupid to purchase a SB-E quad core. So that means realistically the cheapest worthwhile SB-E is $500+!!!*
2) BD was never meant to compete with SB-E since it targets Sub $300 prices. So you are either trolling or have no idea what BD's purpose is.
On that note...
Sandy Bridge-E has it's coming-out ball on the 23rd October....and...
Scuttlebutt release date 15th November.
Looks like BD's time in the spotlight is going to be very short indeed.
Add in that
1. There seems to be a bug/coding issue with BD that can't be fixed until after the CPU's launch -which might take the gloss of some review benches, and...
2. The initial lineup are sceduled to go EOL between three and six months after launch, so obviously (it would seem) there are some real issues with the launch stepping.
Shaping up to be a very interesting holiday season.
That probably comes down to corporate strategy to a degree. At some point, it was decided that Llano should take precedence in time-to-market (probably the reason that Dirk and a raft of other execs disappeared). Since GloFo has limited 32nm wafer capacity it probably boiled down to Llano or BD production - Llano's higher demand probably looks better to the bean counters.AMD has clearly missed their window of opportunity to make a splash with Bulldozer. If in fact the FX series can't perform on par with Sandy Bridge this launch will start with a resounding thud. At this point I'm pretty much resigned to waiting for the 8170P in the hopes that the outstanding issues will be resolved. Looks like AMD will once again have to play the price / performance game.