Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn
ASSUMING THIS IS TRUE BECAUSE THE SOURCE WCC FREAKING F:
The CPU is faster than Athlon 5350 by 50 whole MHz, but with twice the cores. Take a look.
It should be comparable to an FX-8000 series CPU at like 2.2-2.3GHz. (Oddly, two Jaguar cores beat one Piledriver module clock for clock, but lose to two Piledriver cores in two separate modules. Bulldozer is a strange beast.)
In other words, awful. A stock i3 comes embarrassingly close to matching it in multicore (yes, 2 cores are about as good as 8), and it utterly destroys it - faster by a factor of 3-4 I'd estimate - with just one core. This is a tablet architecture being combined with - judging by the compute units and memory bandwidth - full Polaris. That is some pretty asymmetric hardware used. Compared to flagships over time, the GPU is about 7 years newer than the CPU (though to be fair CPUs haven't been improving nearly as quickly - a Core2Quad is much more usable today than, say, a GTX 680 despite being much older).
Terrible job on Sony's part choosing appropriate parts. Why not use, say, Excavator or Steamroller cores instead? They'll clock higher and perform significantly better.
I've been gaming on my laptop for a bit and even older games like CS Source w/ 64 player maps the frames can tank pretty hard, sometimes hitting mins in the mid 20's. My laptop uses a four core puma cpu (15w tdp A8 6410) which is just a revised, slightly higher clocked and cooler running version of jaguar. Keep in mind it will throttle the cpu in favor of the gpu portion so it's usually running at 1.6ghz-1.8ghz during loaded gaming instead of the stock 2.0ghz and 2.4ghz turbo.
The IPC on them is VERY weak. This is the main reason games are now being properly multithreaded because they need to be for playable performance, especially on cpu heavy games. A jaguar/puma core at 2ghz should be roughly equal to a piledriver core at 2.5ghz or so from my understanding. Not fast, not fast at all - but having a total of 8 proper cores on them makes them decently powerful if you can code to take advantage of it.
In a way, consoles going the low ipc 8 core design actually pushed forward multithreading in games by quite a bit.