ASRock's E350M1: AMD's Brazos Platform Hits The Desktop First

Test Setups And Software

Test Hardware
Platform 1
ASRock E350M1
AMD E-350 APU (dual-core, 1.6 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache/core, 80 stream processors @ 500 MHz, 18 W, 40 nm), A50M FCH
Platform 2
Zotac 880GITX-A-E
AMD Athlon II X2 240e (dual-core, 2.8 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache/core, Cool'n'Quiet enabled, 45 W, 45 nm), SB850 southbridge
Platform 3
Zotac IONITX-P-E
Celeron SU2300 (dual-core, 1.2 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 10 W, 45 nm), Nvidia Ion (16 CUDA cores, 450 MHz)
Platform 4
Zotac IONITX-L-E
Atom 330 (dual-core, 1.6 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, Hyper-Threading enabled, 8 W, 45 nm), Nvidia Ion (16 CUDA cores, 450 MHz)
Memory
Crucial 4 GB DDR3-1333, CT51264BA1339.16FD @ DDR3-1333/1066, 1.5 V
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160 GB SATA 3Gb/s
Power Supply
Enermax ELT400AWT-ECO 400 W, 80 PLUS
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX
DirectX 11
Platform Drivers
Nvidia GeForce/Ion Release 260.99

Nvidia Chipset Driver 50.51

Nvidia GeForce Release 262.99 (For GTX 580)

AMD VGA Driver 8.792
3D Games Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
Left 4 Dead 2
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Game Settings: Anti Aliasing: none, Filtering: Trilinear, Wait for vertical sync: disabled, Shader Detail: High, Effect Detail: High, Model/Texture Detail: High, Demo: THG Demo 1
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Game Settings:  Anti Aliasing: Disabled, Sync Every Frame: No, Shadows: Yes, Specular Map: Yes, Depth of Field: Yes, Number of Dynamic Lights: Normal, Ragdoll: Yes, Bullet Impacts: Yes, Texture Quality: Manual (Extra), Demo: Second Sun, 45 second FRAPS log
World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Game Settings: Quality Settings: Fair, Vertical Sync: Disabled, Hardware Cursor: Enabled, Max Framerates: Disabled, Demo: Crushblow to The Krazzworks Flight Point
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
iTunesVersion: 10.0.1.1, 64-bit
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min., Convert to AAC audio format
Lame MP3Version 3.98.3
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 kb/s)
Video Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.94
Video: Big Buck Bunny (720x480, 23.972 frames) 5 Minutes, Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, Six-Channel, English, to Video: AVC Audio: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)
MainConcept Reference v2
Version: 2.0.0.1555
MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio:
MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Application Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
WinRARVersion 4.0 Beta 4
RAR, Syntax "winrar a -r -m3", Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
WinZip 14Version 14.0 Pro (8652)
WinZIP Commandline Version 3, ZIPX, Syntax "-a -ez -p -r", Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
BlenderVersion: 2.54 beta
Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, Resolution: 1920x1080, Anti-Aliasing: 8x, Render: THG.blend frame 1
Adobe Photoshop CS 5 (64-Bit)Version: 11
Filtering a 16 MB TIF (15000x7266), Filters:, Radial Blur (Amount: 10, Method: zoom, Quality: good) Shape Blur (Radius: 46 px; custom shape: Trademark sysmbol) Median (Radius: 1px) Polar Coordinates (Rectangular to Polar)
ABBYY FinereaderVersion: 10 Professional Build (10.0.102.82)
Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.0.2.0 Patch 1901
SiSoftware Sandra 2011Version: 2010.1.16.10
Processor Arithmetic, Multimedia, Cryptography, Memory Bandwith


Test Notes

First off, special thanks to Zotac for sending over the 880GITX-A-E and IONITX-P-E platforms. We know that Zotac is working on the Zbox version of its own Brazos-based setup, and given the numbers we've seen so far, that should be an interesting configuration.

We tested all of the above setups using a single 4 GB memory module. This is despite the fact that 880G is a dual-channel architecture. The original plan was to use a pair of 2 GB modules in each board. However, our IONITX-P-E board simply would not boot with two modules installed. To avoid mixing different kits, we simply standardized on the single Crucial module. In order to demonstrate that single-channel operation wouldn't hurt AMD's desktop platform, we spot-checked results with two 4 GB Crucial modules and determined that it was, indeed, not bandwidth-constrained (you'll see some of that on the next page).

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  • cangelini
    johnbilickiBiased; it's awesome all-around. Netbooks aren't going to sport 1680x1050 displays. I'd refer people to the site though they don't understand how to objectively interpret biased reporting.


    Netbooks != nettops. This is a motherboard, which goes into a system on a desk/in an entertainment center. Sorry, your princess is in another castle...
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  • Other Comments
  • iam2thecrowe
    now they need some devs to take advantage of that apu to see its full potential as a processor.
    2
  • reprotected
    Ironic of how Nvidia quality is worse than AMD.
    -2
  • Reynod
    This is an awesome processor ...

    Chris ... did you manage to overclock it at all?

    Give it your best shot ... call crashman in with the liquid nitrogen if you need to mate !!

    Really impressive stats for such a small piece of silicon.
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  • dogman_1234
    So the Brazo is great for media and hard processing I assume. If someone came to me and asked for a good platrom to watch Blu-Ray...I would say get the Brazo APU for them, right?
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  • sparky2010
    Nice, things are starting to look good for AMD, and i hope it stays that way as they start unveiling their mainstream and highend processors, because i'm really fed up with intel dictating crazy prices.....
    3
  • cangelini
    reynodThis is an awesome processor ... Chris ... did you manage to overclock it at all?Give it your best shot ... call crashman in with the liquid nitrogen if you need to mate !!Really impressive stats for such a small piece of silicon.


    Didn't get a chance to mess with overclocking. If this is something you guys want to see, I might try to push it a little harder over the weekend.
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  • joytech22
    cangeliniDidn't get a chance to mess with overclocking. If this is something you guys want to see, I might try to push it a little harder over the weekend.


    Yeah that would be much appreciated, these little chips are so much faster than Atom, let's see if you can get them to perform similarly to a Dual-Core CPU at 1.8GHz
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  • cangelini
    Alright, I'll see what I can do. A shiny new video card landed this afternoon, so that's going to monopolize the bench for much of the weekend ;)
    3
  • dEAne
    Yes integration is the key to higher performance, lower power consumption and lower price (affordability this is what people really wanted).
    1
  • haplo602
    can you also run gaming benchmarks with a 5670 or similar plugged into the PCIe slot ? Just to have a look how the limited memory interface will bottleneck ...

    also what happens with the intgrated graphics core when you plug in a discreet GPU ? you gave so much detail about this in the sandy bridge review but totaly skip it for Fusion ...

    the board got me interested. I am trying to buy a small "workstation terminal" ... something to code OpenGL/OpenCL on a budget. Seems this is what I am looking for.
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  • cangelini
    haplo602can you also run gaming benchmarks with a 5670 or similar plugged into the PCIe slot ? Just to have a look how the limited memory interface will bottleneck ...also what happens with the intgrated graphics core when you plug in a discreet GPU ? you gave so much detail about this in the sandy bridge review but totaly skip it for Fusion ...the board got me interested. I am trying to buy a small "workstation terminal" ... something to code OpenGL/OpenCL on a budget. Seems this is what I am looking for.


    Clearly the focus here was on Brazos' place in the Fusion infrastructure (hence the effort to test video decode/encode). Again, I'll look into adding more performance data with discrete graphics as well, though!
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  • apache_lives
    about F*** time AMD, good show
    1
  • lashton
    yeah overclocking would be good and see how it compares with overclocking of similar playforms
    1
  • johnbilicki
    Biased; it's awesome all-around. Netbooks aren't going to sport 1680x1050 displays. I'd refer people to the site though they don't understand how to objectively interpret biased reporting.
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  • johnbilicki
    I get a -1 rating for making a criticism by the site's software the moment I post, I recommend others test the system to if they don't believe me; choose negative reaction of course.
    -12
  • cangelini
    johnbilickiBiased; it's awesome all-around. Netbooks aren't going to sport 1680x1050 displays. I'd refer people to the site though they don't understand how to objectively interpret biased reporting.


    Netbooks != nettops. This is a motherboard, which goes into a system on a desk/in an entertainment center. Sorry, your princess is in another castle...
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  • Reynod
    Good point about the mobo Chris.

    Yes we would ove to see some overclocking if possible ...

    This kinda takes me back to the days of Dothan ... remember this landmark article Chris ...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dothan-netburst,1041-6.html
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  • cangelini
    Sure do reynod--those were the days, weren't they?
    1
  • i_am_aronman
    sparky2010Nice, things are starting to look good for AMD, and i hope it stays that way as they start unveiling their mainstream and highend processors, because i'm really fed up with intel dictating crazy prices.....

    More like ridiculous prices, i understand them having "top" processors but i don't understand their pricing scheme. I am hoping AMD can pull it together with these processors as well because it will mean Intel will have to get it together as well.
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  • nevertell
    I was hoping for better performance per watt :(

    I really would like a tegra 2 notebook with a proper and supported OS.
    -3