Without a doubt currently Intel CPUs dominate the raytracing, but that could change soon.
A meanwhile deleted Cinebench test on a Blog (rumors have it AMD had the user remove it) seems to be one of the chosen few who got testing samples of the new Bulldozer - which type is not known. I got no idea when the NDA will be lifted (should be soon, Bullylaunch is planned for 11th of June) but here´s a heads up:
Cinebench R11.5 x64 screenshot showed:
- Ci7-990X (Hexacore): 8.42 Points
- The unknown Bulldozer: 7.37 Points
- Ci7-2600K (Quadcore): 6.23 Points
- The fastest Phenom 2 architecture chip, the X6-1090T (Hexacore) currently ranks 5.72 Points.
(the numbers for Bulldozer are not profen or confirmed - the others are)
It seems with the new 32nm production and the “modular” structure seems to do it for AMD. It has 2 integer modules/cores and a “Flex FPU” which can be reassigned at each clock cycle or paused and power redirected to other modules.
In any case, it seems that AMD finally made up for Intels Hyperthreading and also cought up in terms of FPU power.
You should also know that Cinebench is rather Intelfriendly (compiled and optimized for Intel)
So in order to compete I guess the Bully will be not much or around the Ci7-2600k (250 Euro) or even less if AMD follows its policy (maybe not from day 1 on though)
In any case, seems AMD finally cought up and will offer a competative chip again, and if the Bully is rather expensive, we can still hope that the Phenom2 Hexacores drop in price, which is very likely, and the 1055T has a CB-rank of 5.02 and kosts 125 Euro. If it where to drop below 100 Euro, it´s a no brainer.
So in any case, if you´re about to upgrade now, wait a month. Either you can get a Bully, or snatch a cheaper Phenom2