AMD 780G Chipset and Athlon X2 4850e Preview
Cinebench R10 and USB Performance
Cinebench, based on Maxon’s CINEMA 4D rendering tool, is a processor-intensive test having less to do with the chipsets we’re pitting against each other. Release 10 of the benchmark features a new scene that incorporates light sources, procedural shaders, ambient occlusion, and multi-level reflections.
More than anything, Cinebench gives you a valid comparison of processor performance at the $89 price point. Remarkably, whether you’re looking at the single-threaded numbers or our multi-threaded results, the AMD and Intel products fall within a few percent of each other. You really couldn’t go wrong with either solution if you were running an integrated chipset in a business environment.
USB Performance Testing Transfer Speeds
ATI’s chipsets have, in the past, taken flak for lackluster USB 2.0 transfer speeds. Now that AMD has taken over, we were curious to see how that story has changed. To test, we attached a 500GB Maxtor OneTouch II drive to the AMD and Intel platforms and timed the transfer of a 500MB folder of music, movies, Web pages, and documents of various sizes.
There’s some variance between the 780G numbers with and without Hybrid Graphics, despite the many times we ran these numbers. Nevertheless, the real story seems to be that AMD and Intel are roughly on par here. When you divide the numbers out, you get between 11.1MB/s and 10MB/s of throughput.