/facepalm Yes, they publish peak HP and torque numbers, but they do not publish HP and torque curves. What you're saying is akin to consumers assuming performance based on number of cylinders and displacement, and then wondering why a DOHC direct inject engine performs better than a pushrod carburetor engine of the same cylinder count and displacement. Number of cores is the number of cylinders. Clock speed is the displacement. Architecture is your intake, exhaust, cam, fuel delivery, etc. Car companies publish peak HP and torque numbers. They don't publish HP and torque curves, which determines how the engine performs throughout the RPM range, and they don't publish numbers on how the transmission performs. Similarly, AMD publishes and advertises performance in certain benchmarks, but they do not publish numbers on a wide range of software. In case you still don't get it, the technical existence of 8 cores is in no way similar to MPG, HP, torque, or any other specification. The closest match will be number of cylinders. Claiming a Bulldozer core can't be considered as a full core is most similar to saying that a pushrod cylinder cannot be considered a full cylinder because it doesn't perform as well as a DOHC cylinder.