AMD's E-Series and A-Series APUs, Along With Their Bundles
So, let's have a look at the individual SKUs that AMD is announcing. Note that there are some new Richland-based ULV APUs on the list, too.
That's a diverse range of APUs from 3.9 to 25 W. The quad-core Temash-based A6-1450 is particularly interesting at 8 W, and we'd like to see how that solution might fare in a tablet (Ed.: though that thermal ceiling is pretty high for a tablet).
AMD Elite Experience Program
As a minimalist, I'm no fan of most value-added software. Often, those apps are included free for a good reason. With that said, AMD is both creating and licensing a lot of software it plans to use as a means of creating baseline experiences on devices powered by its hardware. It's not uncommon to find mobile devices loaded up with software able to expose the products differentiating capabilities. And the idea here appears to be similar.
AMD's bundle is tiered according to APU hierarchy. The E2 and A4 families reside at the bottom of the stack, and include Steady Video (an application for smoothing out sudden movements in shaky video clips; this is already available in the Catalyst driver package), Perfect Picture HD (image quality enhancements for video playback, also available in the Catalyst driver already), and Quick Stream technology (an Internet QoS app, again, already value-added by AMD).
Stepping up to an A6-class APU adds Screen Mirror (powered by ArcSoft) to the bundle, allowing you to broadcast your system's display output across your home network. An A8 APU piles Face Login on top of the other features, delivering facial recognition capabilities that take the place of typing in a password by using a webcam. Gesture Control is also included, yielding Microsoft Kinect-like control over certain applications.
Systems with A10 APUs get a "regionally-assorted game bundle." Given fairly modest graphics engines, we're still unsure of what this really means. Surely you can't expect the pricey bundles shipping with AMD's discrete cards.
To see the Intel chips utilizing dramatically more watts than the Kabini brings up issues discovered by other reviewers. Just look at the graph of the i3-3217u rated at "17 watt TDP" playing F1-2012 at what is 100% or nearly 35 watts! This means that AMD Kabini A6-5200 which is being released in June will outperform Intel's $225+ i3-3217u for price-performance per watt, you can be on it.
While running the range of applications, the AMD Kabini remained cool while the Intel chips heat up dramatically. This heat has to be dissipated from the laptop and it takes a toll on both the machine and user.
HP just announced 10 point touchscreen laptops that utilize AMD Jaguar Kabinis for a breakthrough price of $399 and that is just a start of a flood of good old competition (hello AMD Kaveri APU Xmas).
Kabini will have to compete with Intel's upcoming ULV Haswell, which will go as low as ~10W TDP and will be an SOC. This is why I said in my previous comment that I feel AMD has a rare advantage right now and a narrow window of opportunity to make an impact. Jaguar will overlap Silvermont on the low end of its TDP range, and Haswell on its upper end. Both will likely outperform it in their given segments.
AMD told us the Kabini laptop they gave us would be priced $500 on the market, and that cheaper versions would be as low as $350.
We used the cheapest comparison laptops we could find. The only thing it illustrates is that we were trying to give Kabini the best chance of strutting its stuff.
AMD Kabini sleekbook. I am just drooling at the idea of that.
No, Kabini competes in the Intel Atom price range like its predecessor, AMD Brazos.
Sure they compete in a similar TDP range, but you wouldn't expect people to compare the chips that go into $999 ultrabooks with chips that will (ultimately) go into the same form factor as them, but are priced at <$400.
ULV processors from Intel are priced at a premium - because Intel is unchallenged in that space. AMD would be insane to try and price Kabini anywhere near IVB or Haswell ULV parts, because AMD will never win by overpricing their products.
"There's no such thing as a bad product, just a bad price point"
Edit: Not entirely sure why my comment got cut off, but here it is. Please note this comparison was made about the ultraportable area of the market, where the main concerns are weight, screen size and battery life. If we start comparing a CPU designed for primarily 11.6" or 10.1" screens with say 35W CPUs in a 15" form factor, you've lost the whole point of the comparison you're doing ultraportable vs. desktop replacements. Sure, if a manufacturer wants to put Kabini in a 15" form factor then it's fair game, but for the majority of Kabini chips, we'll see them in ultraportables, not desktop replacements.
This was a poor review because of the choice made there. I think a lot people were curious about how improved it was over the Bobcat. No data. How about the Atom? No data. Let's just compare it with chips the Piledriver competes with, instead of those it does. It makes no sense.
In case you guys haven't figured it out, Piledriver is the competitor for SB/IB, not Kabini. Two different markets. That you justify this so poorly by saying one particular notebook would cost x amount of dollars, is borderline insane. From one notebook, which are based on things other than the cost of the processor as well, you would assume all will cost the same? Strange.
The comparisons with SB/IB aren't worthless, but they should have been in addition to the processors in their market, and also with AMD's Trinity line. Maybe four or five processors, instead of just two that are addressing a higher performance market, and architecturally quite close.
You lost this one to other sites. Normally, especially when Chris writes them, Tom's ends up having the best information. Not this time. Not even close.