I don't really the time to dabble in Linux, but I'm definitely thinking of giving Windows 8 a try. That would indeed be an interesting article.Will there be an extended review on an OS/other software that actually uses the new instruction sets? I think it's pretty obvious that Bulldozer can't compete on an OS that can't utilize its only strengths, I'd like to see if it even has a chance against SB once the playing field is leveled.
I'm guessing using Windows 8 is out of the picture, so try some Linux?
As far as concrete numbers go for folders, this alone is a big reason to stay away from Bulldozer. Folders will often run both the cpu and gpu at the same time at 100%. If Bulldozer came in the same as a 2600K in folding numbers, but more efficiently then i could have been happy. But I don't see that happening, even when official PPD numbers start to roll in.If we also add a fully loaded GeForce GTX 460 1GB to the mix, that number spikes up to almost 800W. Obviously, no one runs a CPU and GPU stress tests at the same time, but this does illustrate what the worst case scenario could be when it comes to power consumption.