AMD Confirms Existence of CPU Bug

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Ghost XFX

Warning: Intel trolls ahead. Carry a baggie and wear a disposable jump suit before approaching.

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keyboardJuice

You guys are in trouble. Don't use the mucinex mucus next to the AMD processor.

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aarcane

Lulz. He called AMD a major CPU :P

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penskeford

I found a bug on some chewing gum once under my desk. No one really cared though.

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Dysthymia

Apparently errata are more common than an article like this would have us believe. Check page 30 of this PDF on AMD procs: http://support.amd.com/us/Processor_TechDocs/41322_10h_Rev_Gd.pdf

And there's info on errata on the Intel side here: http://www.techpowerup.com/152978/Sandy-Bridge-E-VT-d-Broken-In-C1-Stepping-Fixed-In-C2-Stepping-Shortly-After-Launch.html

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warptek2010

I have an FX. Haven't encountered any bugs. Not even one BSOD. I am quite confident I will probably never encounter this 'erratum'.

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bpstone

AMD is in a bit of a sticky situation. The new CEO Rory Read needs to get AMD back on track. While no product from any company is perfect, their quality control MUST improve.

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damicatz

Intel has had some pretty embarrassing bugs of their own.

Look up the Pentium FDIV Bug and the F00F bug.

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bpstone

I am not a particular fan of either company for your information.

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chipmunkofdoom2

This isn't quality control, which implies an imperfection in the manufacturing process, this appears to be a problem with the design of the CPU.

At any rate, sensing your less-than-subtle dig at AMD, I must say that having the best performing processor does not a good company make.. raw clock speed and dominating all benchmarks does not guarantee continued success. Case in point: ARM. They are wildly successful because they create a good product and were smart enough to capitalize on a business opportunity. AMD stays afloat because, among many other things, they can offer powerful processors for a decent price. AMD is not perfect, but no company is.. they realize where they are weak (being the best of the best) and compensate (with cheaper chips). I personally hope that AMD never takes the performance crown back from Intel.. that means they will have to keep their procs cheap to compete, meaning I'll be able to get steals like a 6 core processor for $150 for years to come.

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bpstone

Unless I specifically damn AMD, do not assume it. (-_^) Every company has faults Patrick.

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JohnP

AMD has been kept afloat by the United Arab Emirates which AMD just broke its last bonds with yesterday when the UAE government took over the last shares in the Abu Dhabi owned Global Foundries from AMD. This little agreement will cost AMD a cool 3/4 of a billion dollars.:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/abu-dhabi-controlled-globalfoundries-breaks-ownership-ties-with-amd/2012/03/05/gIQAh7h1rR_story.html

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Hey.That_Dude

Unless there happens to be a significant issue with the FLOP calculations... Here's looking at you Intel.

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