AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview

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3D Gaming: ET: Quake Wars and Left 4 Dead 2

For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Left 4 Dead 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing processors with L4D2 or ET:QW, we dialed things in to moderate to maximum resolution for the LCD panel that was available in each test case. Since these are more entry-level game tests on highly mobile platforms, we left anti-aliasing turned off and image quality settings set from moderate to high levels where possible.

3D Gaming: ET: Quake Wars and Left 4 Dead 2
Testing Zacate's GPU


In our custom Left 4 Dead 2 benchmark, AMD's Zacate dual core processor with integrated, on-die Radeon HD 6310 graphics, was able to keep pace nicely with the NVIDIA next gen Ion-infused Atom D525 system and handily out-perform AMD's previous generation discrete solution. 

In the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars test, we see another case of driver optimizations that needs to take place for AMD's unreleased Brazos platform and Zacate processor.  You'll also note we're missing some higher resolutions for the other test systems here in spots, due to panel resolution limitations at test time.  Regardless, Zacate's GPU trails Ion 2 here by a significant margin, but it's not surprising, given the pre-release stage the system is in and the fact that OpenGL-based game engines are a dying breed now and likely lower on AMD's hit list as a result.

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