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AMD FX-7600P Kaveri Review: FX Rides Again...In A Mobile APU?

Mobile Kaveri Improves, But Is It Enough?

Kaveri is finally being introduced to the mobile space, and I believe it has more potential there than on the desktop. Where the previous generation of Richland-based APUs offer greater headroom for higher clock rates, that advantage is largely neutralized when you're more worried about battery life than raw performance.

Of course, AMD's mobile APUs aren't competing against the products they replace; they're doing battle against Intel's best effort, which is manufactured using more advanced technology. In that light, the mobile flavor of Kaveri fights an uphill battle to prove its mettle, particularly when the comparison points are benchmarks of popular applications.

The same arguments crop up over and over. Will you notice a difference between platforms while you're banging out emails, working in Excel, or browsing the Web? Probably not. But that's not a good enough reason to adopt a slower or less energy efficient system. Yes, OpenCL and the HSA initiative have wonderful potential, but it's still potential. Neither effort is yet prolific, and that's what we really want to see.

How about graphics? Score one for AMD there, though in certain host processing-bound applications, Intel's x86 cores alleviate bottlenecks that Kaveri must suffer through. But let's make this clear: in the four games we tested, AMD's FX-7600P established a clear win over the Core i7-4702MQ in three. Intel's HD Graphics 4600 engine was either unplayable or it dipped below the threshold of playability, while AMD proved more likely to deliver tolerable performance numbers. If you're a mobile gamer, that's a notable distinction between low-power processors.

The final piece of the puzzle is price. We won't know the specifics until AMD gets some mobile Kaveri design wins on the shelves. At a similar cost, you'd choose a Core i7-4702MQ or FX-7600P based on your preference for intense computing tasks or graphics ability, respectively. But I'd be a little surprised if those two chips ended up in similarly-priced laptops. If you could save a significant amount of money by choosing the AMD option, the value proposition could be compelling. As always, we'll have to wait until we have commercially available laptops to test in order to do a real value analysis. But no matter how you slice it, the mobile version of Kaveri is a stronger opponent than its predecessor.

  • damric
    Awesome. If it was 5 years ago I would want a laptop and I would want this APU in it.
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  • Ad Hoc
    Are we ever going to get some new CPUs for the AM3+ socket?
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  • damric
    13432106 said:
    Are we ever going to get some new CPUs for the AM3+ socket?

    I sure hope not. North Bridges and HT Link are so 5 years ago.

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  • Lord_Kitty
    20% IPC boost with Steamroller? (First page, second picture)

    That's enough for their 8-core chips to catch up or surpass current i5s, right?
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  • roymustang
    Rather than posting what we already know will be crappy framerates of recent games I wish that when outlets reviewed iGPUs they used some old games to see how those would run. Nobody buys a mobile APU expecting to use it for Battlefield 4. But people do like running older games on their APUs because those will most likely run decently. It would be nice to see how something like Final Fantasy XI or Knights of the Old Republic would run on this. Final Fantasy XI even has a benchmarking tool called Vana'diel Bench 3.
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  • Amdlova
    45w tdp on notebook. i think will we see some 17" + notebooks. don't put on your legs or you fry it!
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  • Sakkura
    13432397 said:
    Rather than posting what we already know will be crappy framerates of recent games I wish that when outlets reviewed iGPUs they used some old games to see how those would run. Nobody buys a mobile APU expecting to use it for Battlefield 4. But people do like running older games on their APUs because those will most likely run decently. It would be nice to see how something like Final Fantasy XI or Knights of the Old Republic would run on this. Final Fantasy XI even has a benchmarking tool called Vana'diel Bench 3.
    I agree, though it still makes sense to keep one demanding game in the test suite to give perspective on where this hardware stands compared to dedicated graphics cards and high-end CPUs.
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  • Saiki4116
    Thanks for including Dota2 Benchmarks. I had experienced FPS drop on my current Laptop(almost dead with i5-450M and HD5470, 1366*768, 4GB RAM) due to overheating, I tried to reduce resolution and tried many configs, but the problem was there.I have let Raptor(AMD 's app) to adjust the profile for Dota2, after that I didn't face the problem.
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  • Saiki4116
    So the performance can be equal to i5 M processor.
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  • mitcoes16
    I miss 720p testings that is the resolution a clever player would use with this GPUs
    1080p and demanding games are not good benchmarks for this GPUs you must use less demanding games or test lower resolutions It is not the same benchmarking F1s than Nascars or electric cars
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