AMD Beema and Mullins Low Power 2014 APUs Tested

Cinebench and LAME MT

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

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.


Once again, AMD A10 Micro-6700T based platform put up some very nice numbers. In both the single and multi-threaded tests, the A10 Micro-6700T pulled ahead of Bay Trail and it outpaced Kabini (which was tested in a full-sized notebook) too.

We don't have reference numbers from the other platforms with the newer Cinebench R15 benchmark, but the A10 Micro-6700T put up scores of 45 (single-thread) and 121 (multi-thread) in that application.

Audio Encoding

In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. LAME is an open-source MP3 audio encoder that is used widely in a multitude of third party applications.

For this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file (a hallucinogenically-induced Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application, in both single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance.


Audio encoding with LAME MT has historically been a weak spot for AMD processor in our test suite. The A10 Micro-6700T did very well, however, and trailed only the Core i3-based notebook.

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