AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview - HotHardware

AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview

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Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our Brazos test systems consumed using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power the base platform configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the processors alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

Also, we should note the AMD Brazos reference platform system we tested was equipped with a USB3 IO chip from NEC, as well as a few other bells and whistles that drive power requirements up by a couple of Watts or so.  In reality, if anything, these numbers are on the high side for the Zacate/Brazos test setup.

If there is one test that best frames the other performance metrics we've assembled for AMD's new low power chip, it's this one.  We've illustrated in the previous pages, across a number of different test scenarios, just how Zacate and Brazos stack up in terms of performance.  Now if we couple that data with the conservative power consumption data  you see here, things become even more impressive for AMD's new chip and platform.  Also, we decided to throw in a few more reference systems here that we had in our database just to give you a bit more resolution.  In all cases the display was not factored into the power draw and we turned off the panel of the Acer Aspire 1551 Turion II powered notebook.  In short, AMD's Brazos platform and their Zacate processor consume significantly less power than a dual core Atom/Ion2 solution at idle and under load.  In addition, at idle, Zacate even consumes a lot less power than a standard single core Atom design. 

In notebooks and netbooks this equates to one thing; extended battery life.  We'd also offer that again, the power consumption measurements here are very conservative, comparatively for Zacate.  The reference board we tested definitely wasn't optimized for power consumption.  Without a doubt, Brazo and AMD's Zacate E-350 processor offer excellent performance-per-watt efficiencies that will likely have Intel on its toes in a big way moving forward.

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So it works well and costs less than the Intel parts. It's business as usual, it seems.

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Not quite Neil.  Not only does it work well and cost less, it actually equals or excedes the performance at lower peak power and much lower idle power draw.  This thing is going to be a monster if AMD can get system builders on board.

What I would really like to see is a low end market chip made by fusing two Zacate's together and turning up the clocks a bit.  This would be =<38mm.  Heck, they could squeeze some more IO into the chip, maybe move the PCIe controller on chip if not on die.

I'm sure they should be able to squeeze 4@ 2Ghz core and 320@ 500Mhz video with dual channel memory into a 45 watt power envelope with PCIe on die/chip.  Pulling that off, 4@ 2.8Ghz core and 320@ 750Mhz video with dual channel memory into a 65 watt power envelope with PCIe on die/chip is not out of the question.  I think this would be an interesting chip to slot between Zacate and Llano.

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I meant business as usual pertaining to AMD's usual bang for the buck offerings.

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Ah, true that.  More bang for the buck without any of the drawbacks (more power draw, less overclocking headroom, etc) normally found in AMD CPUs the last couple of years.

I want to see AMD succed well with this.  They have been hurting the last few years and we really need them to push Intel and keep prices low.  If AMD dies, VIA sure won't be challenging Intel.

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agreed

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I agree with everything said so far on this product for sure. i find it interesting as AMD seems to be focusing on a more general usage area which I find ti be very smart. Across the board except for productivity platforms they beat themselves as well as Intel. The intelligent thing here is where we seem to be at in computers right now. The computer is becoming more and more of a do everything tool. This is especially true in the smaller lower power device's and of course the system in a box (IE: monitor/computer/touch screen in one). When they become more of a general device which can be used in multiple platforms like this the lowest price wins. AMD seems to have that in spades with this specific implementation.

As we all know us hardware junkies are one of the lowest in number in the market as users. This makes general consumers the highest along with general business usage. One thing I see here specifically is INTEL has almost no choice except for on total enthusiast part to lower there price point. That is on everything besides enthusiast parts. The great thing here is as a number of units sold the enthusiast products are pretty much also items with low impact on a whole business picture, except of course the performance crown.

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amd has challenge intel and do a better job performance wise!!!! they are trying to improve but it always seems that they want to be in second spot!!!

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AMD wins with 1.5 - 2.8 ghz E350 processors with 15 - 35 watts, with 80 radeon cores (230 - 450mhz) ; which beats the INTEL's Atom, Celeron, and the pentium (released until 2006 editions)...

 AMD is popular to provide the majority of people with a technology gadget. In my opinion that is a successful enterpreneurship - to market and sell processors, and survive even through they are pitted against an INTEL conglomerate. AMD wins.

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Nice "pre" review. Congrats.

However you should have included in the review performance results from a regular 1.6GHz atom. Without Nvidia graphics. Like the ones most people have? :-)

Regards,

 

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I love amd chips. Great performance and at a low price for those who dont need some 1000$ cpu. Going to need a new laptop soon and it would be cool to get one of those chips with it.

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