During IDF, AMD was present in a nearby hotelroom, as usual. They demonstrated a Bulldozer FX system there:
First they showed a comparison between a new unspecified AMD FX processor and an unspecified Intel processor i5 Sandy Bridge, with the help of the program Handbrake a video of 5 minutes is converted to H.264 video in SD resolution. The AMD FX processor with eight cores perform this function with an average of 223 frames per second, the i5 with four cores came in at 188 fps. Both systems will be comparable in price according to AMD, which it wants to show that AMD a better price / performance offering. That may be the case, but who has a more negative view would conclude that AMD is looking to double the number of cores needs to less than 20% better performance available.
My view is clearly the latter one: AMD needs to make much larger/hotter chips to perform more or less like Intel’s midrange quadcores, while selling them at the same low prices. Not good for AMD’s profitability and long-term future.