AMD Kaveri Mobile APU, FX-7600P Preview - HotHardware

AMD Kaveri Mobile APU, FX-7600P Preview

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We'll start off the benchmark suite we were able to put together while at the press event, with some standard CPU and multimedia workloads.  We won't have our full assortment of benchmark tools here to show you but we can still give you a good perspective on overall performance and what to expect when notebooks hit the market at retail.

PCMark 8 v2
General Desktop Application And Multimedia Performance
PCMark 8 v2 is the latest version in Futuremark’s series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to test the performance of all types of systems, from tablets to desktops. PCMark 8 offers five separate benchmark tests--plus battery life testing—to help consumers find the device that offers the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for their particular use case. This latest version of the suite improve the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks with new tests using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. A wide variety of workloads have also been added to the Work benchmark to better reflect the way PCs are used in enterprise environments.

In addition, we ran the "accelerated" versions of these tests, which makes use of the OpenCL standard for parallel programming and processing.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we don't have Creative test results for you here.



As you can see, the AMD Kaveri-based system put up excellent performance, besting the entire field of notebooks, even Dell's Inspiron 15 with a Core i7-4500U and discrete NVIDIA graphics.  However, we should note that the Dell machine has a standard 5400 RPM HDD on board, versus the SSD on board the Kaveri test system and many of the reference systems you see here.  Since this test is weighted somewhat by disk IO performance as well, the Dell notebook is a bit hamstrung in this regard.  A more direct comparison would be the Dell XPS 13 with Core i7-4500U and Intel integrated graphics along with an equally fast SSD.  Here again, Kaveri shows strength but we'll offer a reminder that we're comparing a 35 Watt AMD chip in this case, versus Intel's 15 Watt Core i7 mobile chip.  A 19 Watt AMD FX-7500 might be a better match-up with two less GPU cores and a slightly lower clocks speed, which AMD suggests would still beat out Intel's offering.

Cinebench R15 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 computational throughput.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering Benchmark

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.



Here again, AMD's new Kaveri-based FX-7600-P makes a strong showing, beating out the Core i5-4200U CPUs with ease and nipping at the heels of Intel's more potent Core i7-4500U in the CPU test.  In the GPU-powered OpenGL test, it was no contest.  AMD's Kaveri mobile chip blows Intel's HD 4400 graphics IGP out of the water and even approaches the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M in the Dell Inspiron 15 machine. In terms of graphics performance, this Kaveri mobile chip is over 54-percent faster than the Intel Core i7-4500U in this benchmark.

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My moneys is still on the Tegra. Intel & AMD are too busy fighting to notice that nVidia is making their move to dethrone them!

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Do you think you'll see Tegra-based notebooks any time soon?

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Let me know when Tegra based laptop can play a real PC game and has a real JVM for me to code with.

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It's only 2.7/3.6GHZ quad core with less work done per clock cycle than Sandy Bridge+, and 35W TDP. AMD needs to grow a pair and release some 47W and 57W APUs like Intel has done so it can have more room for performance with laptops.

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That too funny. Most of the time the call is for AMD to reduce TDP and thermals, not raise them.

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Sure looks like AMD Red Team is delivering the multimedia performance and gaming goods in the laptop arena. Considering a price to performance ratio, the mobile "Kaveri's" look like a "Smackdown" with plenty of game at this time.

 

 

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How about comparing apples to apples rather than apples to grapes?

Put some data up for the i7 47W chips (which usually take as much power as the AMD 35W ones), like the Iris Pro ones (i7 4950HQ)? Or at least the i7 4650U with GT3 and 3GHz turbo, that should have a 50% advantage over the i7 4500U minimum (and possibly double, though doubtful without increasing TDP tolerance)

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Along with a commensurate 50%+ increase in price LOL.

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"Along with a commensurate 50%+ increase in price"

You would be surprised, even if the chip itself costs 100% more the total price won't increase nearly as much (usually other parts are also improved). Not to mention that simply having a 15W i5 with discrete card will out perform anything else while still drawing less power at idle.

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I just bought an AMD A10 based toshiba notebook and I'm quite amazed at the performance I got for the price.

Amazed in a good way. takes a whole 4 seconds to boot and plays most games very well, especially considering it had only the integrated GPU, but I can run most new games ESO, the new Wolfenstein etc with most settings up high. Have to play with the OverDrive software and see what headroom there is for overclocking (probably not much).

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