The AMD FX (Bulldozer) Scheduling Hotfixes Testedby Anand Lal Shimpi on January 27, 2012 12:47 PM EST
AMD didn't overpromise as far as the benefits of these new scheduling/core parking hotfixes for Windows 7 are concerned. Single digit percentage gains can be expected in most mixed workloads, although there's a chance that you'd see low double digit gains if the conditions are right. It's important to note that the hotfixes for Windows 7 aren't ideal either. They simply force threads to be scheduled on empty modules first rather than idle cores on occupied modules. To properly utilize Bulldozer's architecture we'd need a scheduler that schedules both based on available cores/modules but biases its scheduling depending on data dependency between threads.
If Bulldozer were the last architecture to present this type of scheduling challenge I'd say that it's unlikely we'll see things get better. Luckily for AMD, I don't believe homogeneous multi-core architectures will be all we get moving forward. Schedulers will get better at understanding the underlying hardware, just as they have in the past. We may see better utilization of Bulldozer cores/modules in Windows 8 but as always, don't use the promise of what may come as a basis for any present day purchasing decisions.