AMD was an intellectually bankrupt company back in the Pentium days. If it hadn't been for a crucial infusion of engineering creativity and competence from NexGen, we wouldn't even be talking about AMD in 2012. Even now, it is the creativity and competence of an acquired asset, in ATI, which is keeping AMD's chronic and critical mismanagement from forcing the company into a terminal spiral. Piledriver appears to be an insufficient tweaking of the failed Bulldozer architecture which is being outperformed by the complete spectrum of Intel's Sandy Bridge line. The new Intel Ivy Bridge line is a noticeable improvement upon Sandy Bridge ; likely continuing to outclass AMD offerings based upon the unfortunate Bulldozer architecture.