Did AMD Lie About How Many Core Processors in Bulldozer CPUs?

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Advanced Micro Devices is facing a class action lawsuit pertaining to how many actual core processors are in their Bulldozer processors. This past October a class action lawsuit was filed by an Alabama resident. This resident claims that Advanced Micro Devices dealings violate a consumer legal remedies act, California’s unfair competition law, false advertising, fraud, breach of express warrant, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment.

According to this lawsuit, Advanced Micro Devices packages two cores together in one module. Therefore, each module does not act independently and is actually just one core processor. An eight core bulldozer processor would actually only be four core processors working independently at same time.

This complaint is quoted as claiming:

“AMD tricked consumers into buying its Bulldozer processors by overstating the number of cores contained in the Bulldozer chips,”

and

“Average consumers in the market for computer CPUs lack the requisite technical expertise to understand the design of [AMD’s] processors, and trusts [AMD] to convey accurate specifications regarding its CPUs."

This type of false advertising and outright fraud if true could be detrimental to perhaps server customers. Also, gaming users could have been hoodwinked into thinking they had more powerful machines than reality stipulated. This class action lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for Northern District of California, San Jose Division on October twenty six two thousand fifteen.

These individuals are suing for damages, to include statutory and punitive damages, litigation expenses, pre interest, post judgement interest, as well as other injunctive and declaratory relief deemed reasonable. A main argument of this lawsuit is that an average computer end user may not have technical expertise to verify whether or not a computer is indeed an eight core processor or a quad core processor. At time of this blog post creation, nobody from Advanced Micro Devices has commented concerning this allegation.

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