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3DMark 11 and Cloud Gate Benchmarks

Although Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 has been around for several years, it still provides a good look at a system’s gaming capabilities.  We ran this benchmark on the Performance preset, at 1280 x 720 resolution. If you download the free version of this benchmark, make sure you're using the Performance preset to avoid comparing scores that were run with different test configurations.

Futuremark 3DMark 11 {Title}
Synthetic DX11 Game Testing

If there's a testament to the graphics and gaming performance capabilities of AMD's Kaveri mobile architecture, this test would have to be it.  3DMark 11 has been around for a long time but still comprises quality DX11 gaming workloads.  It's also a fair comparison since clearly Intel and others have been optimizing driver performance for this benchmark for a very long time now as well.  Here we see the AMD FX-7600P put an absolute smackdown on anything built by Intel and post up almost 2X the performance of a discrete GeForce 620M mobile GPU.  The 620M is admittedly an entry-level previous generation NVIDIA GPU but it's still a discrete, dedicated chip.  The AMD FX-7600P Kaveri chip actually comes within about 75% of the performance of NVIDIA latest generation of GeForce GT 750M midrange notebook GPU.

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate
Synthetic Gaming Benchmark
The flagship benchmark in Futuremark’s catalog, 3DMark is a popular choice for testing everything from gaming PCs to mobile devices. Of course, the technology differences between a game machine and a smartphone are significant, so 3DMark has a separate test suite for each device category. The Cloud Gate test is aimed at entry-level PCs and laptops, and has two subtests: a processor- intensive physics test and two graphics tests. We ran the test suite at its default 1280 x 720 resolution and at default rendering quality settings. Keep in mind that 3DMark Cloud Gate scores aren’t comparable to scores from say, 3DMark Fire Strike (gaming PCs) or Ice Storm (smartphones and tablets).

Here the field is more tightly grouped amongst the systems with integrated graphics.  AMD's Kaveri mobile chip posts a more modest16-percent advantage over the Intel processors in this test.  There is also a much larger spread between Kaveri and the discrete NVIDIA core in the Dell Inspiron machine.  Still, there's little question, AMD's new mobile chip has game. Speaking of which, let's take a quick look at some real game engines and HD video playback performance, next...

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