AMD 2013 A & E-Series Kabini and Temash APUs - HotHardware

AMD 2013 A & E-Series Kabini and Temash APUs

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We didn't have many comparable notebooks on hand to match head-to-head with the Kabini-based test platform featured on the previous page, but we've pulled together some numbers from an Intel CloverTrail-based tablet and similarly-clocked Core i3-2377M to at least begin to paint of picture of where the AMD A4-5000 performance lands in comparison to some competing platforms. All of the machines were running Windows 8. Please note, the Core i3-2377M features integrated Intel HD 3000 series graphics. First up, some system level metrics with PCMark 7...

Up until a couple days ago, Futuremark's PCMark 7 was the latest version of the PCMark whole-system benchmarking suite (PCMark 8 was just released). It has updated application performance measurements targeted for Windows 7 (or newer) environments and uses newer metrics to gauge relative performance. Below is what Futuremark says is incorporated into the base PCMark suite and the Entertainment, Creativity, and Productivity suites--the four modules we have benchmark scores for you here.

Futuremark PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance

The PCMark test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance during typical desktop usage. This is the most important test since it returns the official PCMark score for the system
  • Windows Defender
  • Importing pictures
  • Gaming

Video Playback and transcoding

  • DirectX 9

Image manipulation
Web browsing and decrypting

The Entertainment test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in entertainment scenarios using mostly application workloads. Individual tests include recording, viewing, streaming and transcoding TV shows and movies, importing, organizing and browsing new music and several gaming related workloads. If the target system is not capable of running DirectX 10 workloads then those tests are skipped. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given an Entertainment test score.

The Creativity test contains a collection of workloads to measure the system performance in typical creativity scenarios. Individual tests include viewing, editing, transcoding and storing photos and videos. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Creativity test score.

The Productivity test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in typical productivity scenarios. Individual workloads include loading web pages and using home office applications. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Productivity test score.

We left the Core i3 out of the mix here because the machine had 8GB of memory and a fast SSD--needless to say, it would have taken a clear lead here.  With that said, the A4-5000 had no trouble dispatching the Atom Z2760, despite the Atom processor's significantly higher frequency.

LAME MT & Cinebench
Audio Encoding & 3D Rendering

In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. LAME is an open-source MP3 audio encoder that is used widely in a multitude of third party applications.

In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file (a hallucinogenically-induced Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application, in both single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance.

The AMD A4-5000 finished well ahead of Atom in our audio encoding test as well, but the Core i3 had a clear advantage. Though the Jaguar cores used in Kabini offer higher IPC performance than AMD's previous-gen Bobcat low-power cores, clock-for-clock they can't keep pace with Intel's Core processors in terms of single-threaded performance.

Next up is Cinebench. Cinebench R11.5 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.  This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

The quad-core A4-5000 is able to overtake the dual-core Core i3 here in the multi-threaded benchmark. And makes mincemeat of the Atom processor, but in terms of single-threaded performance, Intel still rules the roost.

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Awesome article Marco, I always like it when you guys break down the technical improvements in new upcoming cpu's and gpu's. Plus, ive been looking forward to these APU's for a while now. Cant wait to get a 12" hybrid tablet with the A6-1450 powering it. I just hope AMD doesnt get screwed by OEMs. I know they want to keep prices low, but it would be nice to see some of AMD's more interesting targeted devices in a higher quality product. Anyway...enough ranting. Great article, i look forward to hearing more about these new low end APU's once they can be seen in the wild.

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AMD's APUs have been a good deal from the very start.

I liked the article too Marco.

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I fall in love with AMD 2 years ago lol, now 2 have 2 pc with AMD Athlon cpu and  1 mobile phone with AMD cpu too :)

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Are they not gonna release any boards with this new APU? I've built several with the bobcat APU and its great for replacing the old P4s out there, better performance while using less power under load than a P4 does at idle and it would be great if I could get the quad versions for a price close to what the bobcats have been going for.

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i am using AMD since 1999 and now i have my lovely APU based ASUS K53TA AMD A6 and a desktop Phenom X3 . i always prefer to buy AMD .. i am in Pakistan but i just say AMD is the better choice over intel not only low price but AMD's architecture is totally different from intel and superior, that's why AMD APU s are become so much powerful ..

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Something to finally upgrade my pentium D945 :)

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Samsung's ATIV Series 9 Lite runs on the A6-1450 Temash processor and looks to be a strong competitor against MacBook Air at much less cost and with touch capability! With SSD, you probably won't even notice a performance difference for daily tasks compared to Intel's core processors.

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