Last I heard, the 8170 was to come out in Q1 of 2012. Does this still hold true? Now let's speculate. With the higher clocks and the ability to overclock even higher, will this cpu compete with the 2600K? I think it will be able to knock off the I-5s that are still being compared if they allow it to be tested as it should. The AMD's are designed to run with faster memory, compared to Intel, why not test it that way? They need that advantage.
If we found an overclocked 8150's benchmarks, it would likely translate to the 8170's benchmarks. I think I may hold out hope for the Piledriver with my new 990FX mobo.
Has anyone heard if AMD will make use of "FUSION" technology so that the Bulldozers perform better when paired with the new HD7000 series GPUs?
Rig#1: Intel i5-3570K, MSI-B75MA-P45 mobo, G-Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 2x4gb, MSI-7870 2gd5t/oc gpu, Tt TR2-600w psu, Tt Commander Snow ed. Case, Cooler Master Hyper212+ HSF, OCZ Agility3 SSD 120GB, WE Caviar Black 750GB
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