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AMD Beema and Mullins Low-Power 2014 APUs Tested

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A couple of weeks back, we got the chance to get some hands on time with AMD’s upcoming mainstream and low-power APUs (Accelerated Processing Units), codenames Beema and Mullins. These APUs are the successors to last year’s Temash and Kabini APUs, which powered an array of small form factor and mobile platforms. With this release, however, AMD was laser focused on improving power consumption and efficiency, expanding the platform’s capabilities through both hardware and software tweaks, and of course improving performance over the previous generation.

Beema and Mullins are based on the same piece of silicon, but will target different market segments. Beema is the mainstream part that will find its way into affordable notebook, small form factor systems, and mobile devices. Mullins, however, is a much lower-power derivative, designed for tablets and convertible systems...

These latest AMD APUs aren’t strictly CPU and GPU cores crammed onto a single piece of silicon. They are full SoCs with on-die memory controllers, PCI Express, SATA, and USB connectivity, and a host of other interface elements. Connect one of these APUs to some memory and storage, and some I/O ports and you’ve essentially got a complete low-power, X86 compatible platform, with modern Radeon graphics.
 
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charlyfox replied on Tue, Apr 29 2014 5:35 AM

Where's the results of this 'test' ?

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AMD actually beating Intel somewhere again?! Woot!

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Marco C replied on Tue, Apr 29 2014 9:51 AM

Perhaps look in the article and check out the multiple pages of benchmarks?

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BruceA replied on Tue, Apr 29 2014 10:46 AM

Why did you use a Sandy Bridge based mobile i3 for your comparison vs. something more current?

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Marco C replied on Tue, Apr 29 2014 5:33 PM

Just using what we had on hand.

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CDeeter replied on Wed, Apr 30 2014 7:24 PM

Pretty impressive results. Looks like all the hard work AMD has been putting into their APUs is really starting to pay off! Really hoping the OEMs take a good long look at these chips, and start taking advantage of what AMD has to offer.

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I hope someone makes the Discovery tablet for retail, I really like the simple design, and the accessories.

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realneil replied on Wed, Apr 30 2014 9:03 PM

Decent performance.

Good review too.

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realneil replied on Wed, Apr 30 2014 9:05 PM

charlyfox:

Where's the results of this 'test' ?

Click on the link at the bottom to go to the review.

 

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Strife622 replied on Mon, Jul 28 2014 12:20 PM

What tablets from lenovo and samsung will have these new mullins apu's?

I've been searching EVERYWHERE to try and find an upcoming tablet with a 6700T

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