Sorry if this question is a bit late but really according to IBM http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23901.ws... apparently using HKMG can give a 40% boost. Does that really mean you could get a 4ghz + Phenom II at 45nm? that might even beat Nehalem at the same Power Consumption. But doesn't Intel already use HKMG? This HKMG thing could mean a 4 ghz Phenom III(?) at 32nm consuming just 65W ! Just the HKMG and 32nm could mean 80% improvement? That would mean an 8core Bulldozer might be even close to 3x faster than K10.5 at the same TDP??!! Seemed outrageous to me so thought I'd ask here(I'm a bit newb and not that much techie so....)
But AMD's potential clocks seem tremendous compared to what Intel has achieved. Even if the improvement is 25-30% at 32nm, it's quite high. Even that much can give a 80-90% improvement in performance at same power vs 45nm no HKMG. Intel's 32 vs 45nm is not that radical though. If all goes well, Bulldozer might actually be able to level with Sandy Bridge. No choice but to wait for 2011(or leaked benches) though. Wonder how much this will help GPU's though.
Not really. You could say the 65nm c2q vs the original Phenom was on a fair footing. Both where 65nm and SOI. It is not the HKMG or the process node that make the Intel faster. Intel has just had a higher IPC and has been faster clock for clock since the introduction of the core based cpus.