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Test Setups And Software

ASRock's E350M1: AMD's Brazos Platform Hits The Desktop First
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
Celeron SU2300 (dual-core, 1.2 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 10 W, 45 nm), Nvidia Ion (16 CUDA cores, 450 MHz)
Platform 4
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)
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 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
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
iTunesVersion:, 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
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
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
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 (
Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
PCMark VantageVersion: 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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