Can't really afford anything better I'm afraid. I could buy a used i7-920 from the trading forum for similar performance but it would even burn more juice. The benchmark does make people wonder what AMD R&D is doing. Yes, engineering anything takes time, effort, and money but when the product barely beat out Intel and even your last generation product, it really hard to justify the price.
I wonder how much juice does BD sip at 8.4GHz during that world record run the other day? Care to test that out? :haha:
IN FAIRNESS, there is lots of development still to come, to optimize Bulldozer. Chipset drivers, bioses, and so forth. And some are saying that FSB/Northbridge overclocking could be a key missing component in all the reviews.
Now you should take these results with a grain of salt. Unlike with Intel's chips, where it is easy to disable cores from within the BIOS, there is no such luxury on the AMD side. ....
Am I missing something? I was pretty sure that it was possible to do so in the latest version of ASUS UEFI. And if I have this ability in an ASUS M5A99X Evo, then Crosshair V should definetly have this ability. Pretty sure it is under the Advanced tab in the UEFI, same place where you have "Core Unlocker" and "Core Activation", please do correct me if I am wrong.