AMD Kaveri Mobile APU, FX-7600P Preview

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Initial Performance Summary:  The quick-take on Kaveri mobile performance we grabbed for your here should serve as an early indicator of what to expect from retail notebooks that will be hitting the market in the next few months.  In short, AMD's Kaveri mobile architecture shows more competitive CPU and general compute performance and class-leading graphics performance in the notebook product segment.  How well lower-powered Kaveri iterations for hybrids and ultra-portables will fair remains to be seen. However, with what we've seen thus far, for full-sized notebooks and thin and light devices, the AMD Kaveri FX mobile chip we tested can hang with the best Intel has to offer on the CPU side with graphics performance that Intel's ULV processors can't currently match.

AMD's Kaveri Mobile APU Die - Quad-Core CPUs And A Whole Lot Of Graphics Muscle

With this preview look at AMD's new Kaveri line-up coming to a close, you won't see us passing final judgement or giving an official rating to the specific part we tested.  Since our test vehicle was a prototype machine and not something you can actually purchase on the market currently, we'll have to reserve our final assessments for when we get retail product in hand.  There were just too many variables in our limited time with the machine for us to feel completely comfortable with a final assessment of performance with this new notebook architecture.

That said, what we've seen of Kaveri mobile thus far is very promising.  In our limited time testing the chip, it impressed us almost at every turn, from standard CPU throughput to graphics and gaming benchmarks. It will be interesting to see what some of the mid-range and lower-end Kaveri mobile chips can do and what power consumption looks like with them as well.  Our initial thought is that AMD will likely drive the 19 watt variants for key design wins with some of the majors OEMs we mention earlier (Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba etc.). 

In fact, AMD officials were quick to point out that we'll see Kaveri take residence in competitively priced machines, rather than top-shelf premium notebooks that retail on the upper end of the price curve.  What AMD is going for here is volume and in fact the company may well have a compelling and very capable offering here versus Intel.  It all comes down to final price points and real-world system performance.  We look forward to bringing you a view of that very soon as we get our hands on full retail AMD Kaveri-powered notebooks in the months ahead.

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ChrisMartin 6 months ago

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

Dave_HH 6 months ago

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

WilliamChu 6 months ago

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

DWatkins 6 months ago

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.

CDeeter 6 months ago

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

rrplay 6 months ago

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.



basroil2 6 months ago

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)

CDeeter 6 months ago

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

basroil3 6 months ago

"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.

MCaddick 6 months ago

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).

Realneil 5 months ago

"It all comes down to final price points and real-world system performance."

That is the point. Sell to more people who need something new that works well and can't afford the best. (or don't need the best)

AMD is crazy like the Fox.

RyanLaberinto 5 months ago

still think apu processors are the way to go for budgets

juanforero04 4 months ago

This laptop is great for regular gamers and pc users who dont need ultra graphics the only thing im concerned about is price

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