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Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled its FX Series family of processors, which includes two it heralds as the first eight-core desktop CPUs. These are the first processors available in retail that use AMD's new Bulldozer multicore architecture. The FX processors are priced at between $115 and $245 and are aimed at "enabling the ultimate multimedia experience for digital enthusiasts," AMD spokesperson Miriam Cox told TechNewsWorld. In addition to faster gaming, they will enable media encoding and system performance with high clock speeds and overclocking capabilities.
OK if I was a server 8 cores would be a advantage. In a desktop or laptop eight cores is about 4 cores too many. When I run test and look at CPU usage you are hard pressed to max out 4 cores in general multi tasking and running multiple programs and threads.
You can do it under tests but its really not real world. AMD has simply over played the importance of multi core CPU's from a desktop point of view. Servers on the other hand could certainly benefit from more cores. Super computers could also. Data crunchers as I call them can benefit. The consumer should not be convinced more is better in cores.