AMD gave us an opportunity to go hands-on with its upcoming Brazos platform--the only preview you'll see before this technology surfaces in retail notebooks. Is it fast enough to compete with the Nehalem-based competition, and cool enough to trounce Atom?
One week ago, we went over the details on Brazos and Zacate. Today, we are finally allowed to go release our benchmark numbers. If you haven't read our earlier coverage, it's a good time to go back and go over all the nitty gritty details on Brazos, Zacate, and Ontario.
A quick recap:
Bobcat: The processing architecture behind AMD's upcoming Zacate and Ontario APUs.
Brazos: AMD's 2011 platform for the ULV Zacate/Ontario APU + SB750 southbridge. It effectively replaces the high-end parts of the Nile platform.
|Processors||Intel Atom D525 (Dual-Core, 1.8 GHz)||Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 (Dual-Core, 1.3 GHz)||Simulated Intel Core i3-330UM (Dual-Core, 1.2 GHz)||Intel Core i3-350M (Dual-Core, 2.26 GHz)||Intel Core i3-540M (Dual-Core, 2.53 GHz)||AMD Athlon II Neo K125 (Single-Core, 1.7 GHz)||AMD E-350 (Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz)|
|Memory||4 GB DDR3-1066||4 GB DDR2-800||4 GB DDR3-1066||4 GB DDR3-1066||4 GB DDR3-1333||4 GB DDR3-1333||4 GB DDR3-1333|
Intel GMA 3150
|Intel GMA 4500MHD||AMD Radeon HD 5450, 1 GB DDR2|
650 MHz/800 MHz
|Intel HD Graphics||Nvidia Quadro NVS 3100M||AMD Radeon HD 4225||AMD Radeon HD 6310|
|Notebook||Asus eeePC 1215N||Asus UL20A||Desktop System||Dell Vostro 3300||Lenovo Thinkpad T510||Asus eeePC 1215T||-|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit|
|DirectX ||Direct X11|
|Graphics Driver||260.99 (Nvidia)|
|8. 14.10.2117||8.782||8. 14.10.2226||260.99||8.782||8.789|
Because we were dealing with notebooks, we often have no way to control memory timings. Given that platforms often ship with memory specific to that product line, we tried not to alter memory module configurations.
Benchmarks and Settings
Cyberlink MediaExpresso 6
Version: 6.0.1026.32053, Convert 1080p 16 Mb/s H.264 video file to MPEG-2 352x288 6 Mb/s
Version 3.93 (64-bit), Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Version 11.00.200.049, Transcribe Audio 14.1 MB Wav Recording (Duration: 11:12)
|Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64-bit)||Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters|
|Norton Antivirus||Version: 126.96.36.199, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files|
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores
Version: 1.00, System, Memories, TV and Movies, and Productivity benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
SiSoftware Sandra 2010
CPU Test=CPU Arithmetic/Multimedia, Memory Test=Bandwidth Benchmark
|World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King|
|Fair Quality Setting, No AA / 2xAF, 4xAA / 16xAF, vsync off, 1280x720, 4 minute sequence, Fraps|
|Aliens vs. Predator Benchmark||Ultra High Settings, 4xAA / 16xAF, 1366x768, Built-In Benchmark|
|DiRT 2||Modified Medium Setting, 2xAA 1366x768, In-Game Benchmark, Steam Version|