AMD Compares Brazos Fusion APU Thermals, Throws Water On Atom

AMD Compares Brazos Fusion APU Thermals, Throws Water On Atom

One of the common concerns among users of AMD’s previous-generation mobile platforms is that they tend to run relatively hot in comparison to many of Intel’s offerings. And we’re not necessarily talking just about chip temperatures either, but rather the heat that radiated out to the notebook’s or netbook’s keyboard and chassis that could be felt by end users on their laps, hands, etc.

Throughout the design phase of their next-gen Fusion-based mobile platforms, though, AMD was very mindful of power consumption—and hence thermal output—and at CES they are running an interesting demo that shows just how cool a trio of Brazos-based notebooks and netbooks run relative to a dual-core Atom N550 based netbook.



   
Three AMD Fusion-bases Amigos; chillin' out, literally...

In the demo, Godfrey Cheng of AMD scans a table with a thermal imaging camera, covered with a quartet of notebooks / netbooks—one Intel based and three AMD based--that are all looping the same 1080P video. As the thermal imaging sensor scans across the machines, it shows the AMD Fusion based products running in the 90’F-98’F degree range at their hottest points, while the Atom-based machine hit over 99'F.

This demo obviously isn’t representative of all Intel and AMD-based mobile platforms, but what it does show is that AMD has made significant strides in terms of power consumption and hence heat output with their upcoming mobile platforms. And as such, heat soaked notebook / netbook chassis and keyboards should be much less common as a result.
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LMFAO MARCO! Been keeping busy while at CES? :D

Out of all the tech in the vid i want the thermal camera... :)

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Dang that intense!

I know intel's highest end i7 processors blow amd's highest end processors out of the water but maybe amd can take over the mobile processor/chip scene

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Wait, two of the Brazos netbooks where unplugged. that means the cpus where running at low state.

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Anyone else notice that the two hot computers are running off power supplies (full power modes) and the two cooler computers are running off batteries (low power modes). Even though I like AMD I think this test is unbalanced.

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Well, actually, the system furthest on the left if Intel Atom and yes it's plugged in. The rest are all Brazos systems, one plugged in and was the coolest of the 4 (next to the Intel machine) and the other two were unplugged. Agreed those unplugged machines were not really apples to apples now that we look at it but the machine that was plugged in definitely was and ended up having the coolest profile. Good catch and we just noticed this ourselves...

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