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Monday, 19 December 2011 15:20

Microsoft withdraws Bulldozer patch

Written by Nick Farell

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Whoops too soon

Microsoft has pulled a patch which would make its Windows 7 operating system play very nice with AMD's Bulldozer. The Patch was released on Friday and was supposed to offer support for SMT, a technology that AMD Bulldozer introduced.

SMT technology is not supported by any operating system and is one of the reasons Bulldozer has been getting pants reviews. Microsoft described the hotfix as the means to bring the 8-core chips to the level of performance they were supposed to show.

While this would have been all cool, it surprised the hell out of AMD and it seems that within 24 hours Microsoft pulled the patch completely. AMD said that "There are actually two updates needed for AMD Bulldozer CPU architecture and Microsoft just posted just the first patch one. Sadly the first one was not a lot of good without the second and AMD did not believe users would benefit in any way from it.

A spokesman said that the patch was originally scheduled for the first quarter 2012 and then the users will see tangible performance benefits when using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems. Those who downloaded part one might want to consider uninstalling it and forgetting they ever saw it.

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+1 #1 Jurassic1024 2011-12-19 15:59
Microsoft has pulled a patch which would make its Windows 7 operating system play very nice with AMD's Bulldozer.

Define very nice.
 
 
-2 #2 saneblane 2011-12-19 16:25
"SMT technology is not supported by any operating system and is one of the reasons Bulldozer has been getting pants reviews. Microsoft described the hotfix as the means to bring the 8-core chips to the level of performance they were supposed to show".

So basically what you are saying, is that you buy a processor and pay for the chance to be a beta tester? :lol: . This patch is suppose to make the processor faster in multithreading, which to me is crazy because multithreading performance on this thing is already insanely good, too bad i dont have a server farm in my house.
so we need the patch, the better process and the higher clockspeed and bulldozer would finally be ready for release, again, oh yea that's what they call piledriver.
 
 
+3 #3 hoohoo 2011-12-19 17:04
Quoting saneblane:
"SMT technology is not supported by any operating system...".

So basically what you are saying, is that you buy a processor and pay for the chance to be a beta tester? ...


Well, it really points to a failure at AMD's end. The development/release of BD-specific patches at M$ should have been done already when BD was released.

Prior to the AMD64 CPU release AMD worked closely with M$ to ensure compatibility with Windows, and also worked closely with the kernel.org people to ensure Linux compatibility.

With the c50 & e350 products, and subsequent products, OS support was not there on day one. I think that is the fault of AMD.
 
 
+3 #4 themassau 2011-12-19 17:23
you made a error in your article its cmt chip multi treading (amd) and not stm which is the same as intels hypertreading
 
 
-4 #5 Jay 2011-12-19 23:41
Pulled coz patch gives 20% less framerate in Battlefield 3.

It's that bad how AMD's new architechture is it is their fault they should've just taken HyperThreading approach they knew Windows 7 won't notice this THEY KNEW ALL ALONG..still they release a piece of shit for people to buy coz they want MONEY return on their R$D or they go bankrupt, end of the day you faggets gonna buy donkey shit if it has AMD label on it :lol:
 
 
+2 #6 JBG 2011-12-20 02:09
Great news !! I was worried I'd have to upgrade my OS again to the new Win 8 to fully appreciate bulldozer architecture.

Hopefully Win 7 patch + Piledriver update = 20%+ performance increase per Watt = respectable desktop gaming (which is what it's all about for me!).

Just hope Piledriver is sooner rather than later *fingers crossed*
 
 
-4 #7 Jay 2011-12-20 02:51
Quoting JBG:
Hopefully Win 7 patch + Piledriver update = 20%+ performance increase per Watt = respectable desktop gaming (which is what it's all about for me!)
Can I have some of that shit which ur smoking BRA? Really u think MS will release patch will give equal performance of win8 for BD/Piledriver? Wake up BRA...Reason MS pulled the patch coz it was incomplete + provided inferior performance, could it get worst? And they are already in 6th gear on Windows 8 as per Theo Valich. So by the time you see the patch for windows 7 Piledriver will be out & it will have a ready fix...meaning u wait 3 quarters to run BD as it was meant to run when designed. I Laugh at u AMD faggets who think they're the best just a bunch of BETA testers :lol:
 
 
-3 #8 Jay 2011-12-20 02:52
Moreover you don't know the EVIL ways of MS they want to sell Win8 don't they so they'll make an excuse we cannot change task scheduler in Win7 after 2 quarters, what you gonna do then? Yeah I know u gonna go take a dump & say I Just dumped a shitdozzer :lol:
 
 
+3 #9 pogsnet 2011-12-20 04:30
Simple answer the patch is not yet ready. Since originally scheduled for the first quarter 2012.
 
 
+3 #10 Super XP 2011-12-20 04:38
This is the fault of AMD's past management trying to cut costs by removing precision hand work (Ensuring Max CPU Performance) and not working with MS as aggressively as they've done in the past which made the Athlon 64 very successful and ultimately forced Intel to create the Conroe architecture.
 

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