I don’t recall which movie it was, something that was highly acclaimed and after watching it with a friend, he claimed that it sucked. It sucked for the simple reason that he had read and heard so much of be buzz around it that the real thing simply did not live up to his expectations.
Something similar is happening now with respect to Sandy Bridge. The prelaunch expectations were that it would stomp everything by a land slide and now it only turns out to be about the fastest CPU ever released by Intel. And the rest of the world. How disappointing is that?
Sarcasm aside Sandy Bridge has come and the initial impression has been rather overwhelming. Particularly with respect to the energy efficiency, there is not quite anything like SB out there. The same goes for the overclocking potential, yet, almost everybody complains about the lack of real life OC achievements. It’s a cruel world that Sandy was thrown into …
On the downside, there are certain layers of hype that need to be peeled off, particularly with respect to Intel releasing what might be called an immature platform. OpenGL does not work, AVX functionality is crippled by the cache interconnect and possibly by the Uops cache and Integer AVX will not even be functional until 3 generations down the road. Ok, we can live with the latter, it appears rather inconsequential for the time being. The L2 connectivity is also something we can live with, 20-30% performance increase at the same power budget are very significant. And OpenGL has somehow outlived its usefulness.
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