AMD Fusion: Brazos Gets Previewed: Part 2, Performance

Benchmark Results: Graphics

Benchmarks: Graphics

Overall, the new integrated Radeon HD 6310 matches our performance expectations. For the most part, think of it as a slimmed-down version of AMD's discrete Radeon HD 5450.

We see that the Radeon HD 6310 scales similarly to the discrete Radeon HD 5450, though the lack of dedicated frame buffer memory hurts performance relative to the add-in card as you step up to Ultra quality.

The drop in performance using 8xAA is much more pronounced on the 6310 than the desktop 5450, again as a result of no dedicated frame buffer and slower access to system memory.

Cyberlink MediaEspresso 6
Decode  
Encode
Decode and Encode
None
Atom D525
Ion 2
0:48
3:41
0:49
3:41
Athlon II Neo K125
Mobility Radeon HD 4225
1:10
N/AN/A
3:43
Core 2 Duo SU7300
4500MHD
N/AN/AN/A2:11
E-350
Radeon HD 6310
1:02
1:23
1:01
*time restricted*
Core i3-350M
0:48
1:18
0:48
1:15
Core i5-540M
0:48
1:02
0:41
1:03


CyberLink was gracious enough to give us early access to a version of MediaEspresso optimized for AMD's Fusion initiative. We should point out that optimized doesn't mean that CyberLink is shifting more weight to GPGPU processing. Instead, the company is taking advantage of new software hooks. Because of time restrictions, we were unable to get a software-based (no hardware acceleration) benchmark of the E-350. However, given what we saw with other processors, it doesn't look like we are seeing any sort of gain in shifting encoding to the GPU, even when we force the option in the software. Instead, we do see large gains in when the hardware accelerated decoding is enabled by virtue of AMD's fixed-function UVD 3.

Based on the numbers, it seems that AMD's third-generation UVD is almost as fast as Intel's decode hardware. We are told that further improvements should come by way of new drivers.

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  • tsnorquist
    killerclickWho the hell plays games on a netbook? Another spectacular fail for AMD.


    Probably not a lot of people, but when netbooks have the capability to play at acceptable levels for the masses, they will be great.
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  • frederico
    If an Intel processor and an AMD processor were exactly the same - 9 out of 10 'normal' people would choose the Intel

    The only people "in the know" are in the enthusiast segment of the market, which is a very small slice really.

    Its a constant uphill battle for AMD, but then again, if they didn't exist, we'd all be paying through the nose for slower processors
    18
  • K2N hater
    fredericoIf an Intel processor and an AMD processor were exactly the same - 9 out of 10 'normal' people would choose the IntelThe only people "in the know" are in the enthusiast segment of the market, which is a very small slice really.Its a constant uphill battle for AMD, but then again, if they didn't exist, we'd all be paying through the nose for slower processors

    The average user either picks Intel or Apple. And when the user picks Apple the CPU manufacturer is absolutely out of question.
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  • ares1214
    Looking extremely impressive AMD, where as before you were a full gen behind, now id just say half gen. Make BD a big success, and you will most definitely get back in the game, however i doubt it would be enough to take the lead.
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  • Anonymous
    did you realize that sometime it's as fast as the i3 with 2,2ghz?
    7
  • frederico
    If an Intel processor and an AMD processor were exactly the same - 9 out of 10 'normal' people would choose the Intel

    The only people "in the know" are in the enthusiast segment of the market, which is a very small slice really.

    Its a constant uphill battle for AMD, but then again, if they didn't exist, we'd all be paying through the nose for slower processors
    18
  • vaughn2k
    Hope it will come sooner than later...
    1
  • Anonymous
    I don't like when Tom's trow at us many facts from the AMD crowd to brainwash our mind. I don't like when the game is to convince the community to buy something who is not proved again.

    "The new AMD Fusion developer "trust fund" is actually a great way to start chipping away at the current CPU-heavy mentality." Yeas and we are also GPU-heavy mentality too!!!
    -18
  • killerclick
    Who the hell plays games on a netbook? Another spectacular fail for AMD.
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  • tsnorquist
    killerclickWho the hell plays games on a netbook? Another spectacular fail for AMD.


    Probably not a lot of people, but when netbooks have the capability to play at acceptable levels for the masses, they will be great.
    22
  • gxpbecker
    Nifty, an the best thing about AMD making high end competition for intel is price drops lol, if AMD can pull it off.
    1
  • hannibal
    Even more interesting would be a tablet that can be used to play games!
    So it could mean that we can read e-mail, read e-books watch movies and internet pages and even play with tablet-PC. Netbook is just one step ahead... Yep it is not the same as Nvidia 460, even 350 or amd 5650 from the low end (gaming), but the resolution would be smaller, so it would be possible.

    Let see what we get when this is really out.
    All in all it gives people a choice. Need more CPU and very rarely GPU power... take intel... If you don't need so much CPU power, but need GPU power chose AMD. It's good to have altenatives!
    5
  • K2N hater
    fredericoIf an Intel processor and an AMD processor were exactly the same - 9 out of 10 'normal' people would choose the IntelThe only people "in the know" are in the enthusiast segment of the market, which is a very small slice really.Its a constant uphill battle for AMD, but then again, if they didn't exist, we'd all be paying through the nose for slower processors

    The average user either picks Intel or Apple. And when the user picks Apple the CPU manufacturer is absolutely out of question.
    11
  • theholylancer
    Umm people whom play wow needs a quick fix in between other things?


    Those kind of people would indeed like a extremely portable gaming device, hell if they have a deal with some sort of internet on the go then maybe I will take the bus + subway and not drive to work.


    On other news you guys used 3.4.0 wow?! Patch 4.0.1 dropped in 12 of OCT and you can't get on the official servers w/o updating, are you guys using a private server?! Or even better a blizzard sanctioned low lat testing server?!!!!
    -3
  • burnley14
    sireangelusdid you realize that sometime it's as fast as the i3 with 2,2ghz?


    But against what is soon to become Intel's "old line." With the release of Sandy Bridge and a whole new architecture, AMD is going to need to have solid performance, at least enough to match Intel's previous offerings.
    3
  • eyefinity
    ares1214Looking extremely impressive AMD, where as before you were a full gen behind, now id just say half gen. Make BD a big success, and you will most definitely get back in the game, however i doubt it would be enough to take the lead.


    You mean a half gen ahead? Cuz this stomps atom into dust and intel has nothing close.
    3
  • eyefinity
    burnley14But against what is soon to become Intel's "old line." With the release of Sandy Bridge and a whole new architecture, AMD is going to need to have solid performance, at least enough to match Intel's previous offerings.


    Intel's "old line" is mostly on the same 32nm process of Sandy Bridge so it's not like intel has some huge miracle coming up, just a few percent more. They still have nothing close to this performance per die size and watt.
    1
  • ScrewySqrl
    theholylancer On other news you guys used 3.4.0 wow?! Patch 4.0.1 dropped in 12 of OCT and you can't get on the official servers w/o updating, are you guys using a private server?! Or even better a blizzard sanctioned low lat testing server?!!!!


    It waw probably run when 3.4.0 was the latest version, over a month ago.
    1
  • Darkerson
    Ive been a big fan of AMD and Im really rooting for them. Besides loving the great price/performance ratio they offer, I have high hopes for them and really hope BD and their other offerings are well embraced. We all know what will happen if AMD were to somehow stumble and fail. You think Intel's prices are expensive now...
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  • digiex
    As long as it will trash atom... It will!
    7
  • thejerk
    Highlighting the name of the item being reviewed in the graphs would be a good thing. Or, place them in the same order for comparison's sake.
    1
  • falchard
    AMD has a better graphics chip then Intel, its a total shock.
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  • kelemvor4
    Wow, what a disappointment.
    -4