Windows 7 hotfix improves AMD Bulldozer performance

By Matthew · 26 replies
Dec 15, 2011
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  1. Still trying to cope with the disappointment of AMD's latest CPU architecture? A new hotfix from Microsoft might dull the pain. The software giant admits that its operating systems are…

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  2. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    While I agree Bulldozer's performance was lackluster, you make it sound as if, because its not comparable to other high-end CPUs, it is suddenly irrelevant. I dare to say Bulldozer offers great performance for the price, remembering, of course, it comes with an above average integrated GPU inside. It is great for low-, mid-level PCs.

    The big disappointment came from the fact that AMD hyped it up as some sort of i7 contender (even if they didn't directly, many AMD fans were hoping for something close), but it turned out not be the case. For what it is--an APU--I think it's great for budget-minded folks. I recently built a PC for my girlfriend, and I used an A6 quad-core. It is fast, cheap, and the GPU is not some crappy Intel Express Chipset, so she can watch 1080p movies all she wants (and leave me alone for a while :)). You should consider doing an updated review.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    You put a whole lot of words in my mouth there, sir.
  4. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Well, you did say this:

    And this:

    I didn't mean to imply that you meant Bulldozer was irrelevant in the tech world, I meant irrelevant, as in, unworthy of an updated review; hence my second paragraph.
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    Gotcha, because I certainly don't think it's completely irrelevant. I believe it's a decent buy for certain budget solutions. However, I don't think it's worth spending a day or two rerunning benchmarks to see a slight performance increase. Fortunately for you, I don't make such decisions or perform such tests around here ;). Perhaps Julio and Steve will find more value in the update.
  6. Uhmm Bulldozer is not an APU. You're thinking of Llano or Trinity (which is not out yet and runs on piledriver not bulldozer). Why there is a picture of an APU on this article I don't know same goes for the first series of comments.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    Oooww Lawfer, how you live to rock the boat ;)

    Stupid iPhone auto txt! Why can't I put "Love" without it auto changing to "live"??
  8. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    To the @Guest, you are correct. I think I mixed up subjects. That APU picture certainly didn't help. Not Techspot's fault, but mine for not noticing my context all along was APUs, and not the FX CPUs (ironic, because I <i>did</i> read the article). :D

    What did I do now...?! :p
  9. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    I've changed the pictures, thanks.
  10. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    You didn't do anything, I just notice your very good at getting your point across, &quot;rocking the boat&quot; as it were ;)
  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    Dang it! Just noticed the smiley! Well I'm going to sleep now before I write any more stupid comments...
  12. can we apply this hotfix to llano's in our notebook computers? Appreciate any help offered.
  13. does this mean no more kick-backs to MS from Intel? Desktop CPU battles may get interesting again :) Here is to hoping! cheers!
  14. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    This has nothing to do with AMD Fusion microprocessors, its for AMD Bulldozer microprocessors.

    The title does kind of say it all though ;)
  15. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Well, it is connoted from what I said that, if I read the <i>whole</i> thing and still thought APUs were the main topic (partly due to the picture), then reading a mere sentence wouldn't have made much of a difference.

    I probably wrote all that either during a temporary loss of consciousness or a short-term fugue state. :p
  16. I think the platform will mature and provide value for the sector(s) AMD is targeting.

    It is definitely not the train wreck the press makes it out to be. Money is better spent on a capable display card than "wasting" it on some CPU that shines in Cinebench or whatever - from a gaming perspective anyway.
  17. 1. bulldozer dont have integrated video
    2. bulldozer is more expensive that i5 2500k which is better
    3. bulldozer need 1866 mhz memory which is 2x the price of 1333 for intel
  18. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    Obviously you haven't seen Bulldozer tested in gaming benchmarks.

    A lot of games the FX does well, but if I'm buying a CPU for gaming, I'm not going to risk losing ~20fps in some cases just to save a couple bucks. And certainly not if the chip costs more than a higher performing part from its competitor.
  19. I would like to see updated benchmarks with the new AMD SMP patch enabled and/or with Windows 8. As with any new hardware, it takes time for the platform to mature and manufacturing cost efficiencies to scale. Obviously AMD does not have the huge resources or engineering as Intel, but I still want AMD to succeed (even if it means giving up the CPU "crown") in order to keep a second CPU option. It would not push Intel to develop as fast (or sell at reasonable cost) if they were the only player in town.

    That being said, IIRC, AMD fate is similar as Intel years back; It looks like Fusion will continue the future trend (similar when Intel chose Pentium M/Core over netburst technology).
  20. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 302   +108

    I almost sure that new versions of Bulldozers are going to make it a very good processor. I was waiting for these processors and already had the new AM3+ motherboards. After seeing the regular results I upgrade my Athlon II to a Phenom II X6 and I couldn't be happier. I paired this processor with a Radeon 6970 and I can play all games at max settings at 60 fps. After seeing this results I wouldn't even consider to buy any Intel processor. In a future when there is a real need to get a better processor for gaming Bulldozer will probably be a really good processor. For now I'm staying with AMD and call me fanboy if you want!
  21. Excuse me, but no fix for Windows can make a CPU run faster. This fix for Windows might make the operating system (and dependent applications) run faster in computers with a Bulldozer CPU. Saying that a CPU performs better with a new Windows fix is as technically incorrect as saying that the motor performs better after 5 tons of junk was taken out from the car's trunk. The car drives faster, yes, but the motor hasn't changed. In my humble opinion, the article's title should be "Windows 7 hotfix improves performance with AMD Bulldozer".
  22. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I don't know about you guys, but my bulldozer has been running fine since I got the fuel injection pump cleaned. I've using been D2 diesel.. runs like a champ.
  23. The article name is correct...CPU performance is dependent on the OS, and since Windows 7 isn't designed for Bulldozer, It obviously WILL have a huge hit on the CPU's thereby releasing a hotfix or official patch for it, the OS is better able to take advantage of the CPU's architecture and thereby increasing performance for the CPU.
  24. The Patch has been pulled due to it not being the complete patch according to AMD it's supposed to a two part patch and one peice without the other is useless and MS should never have put it up ..... It's due out in Q1 2012
  25. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Lol it's not like you buying crappy CPUs affects any of us in a negative way. It just means more Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge chips available for us.
    Well it didn't with the Core 2 series, or the Nehalem's, or the Sandy Bridge chips. CPUs aren't really alike to GPUs, they don't need drivers to mature to increase performance substantially, it should just be there.

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