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The first new product from AMD that should get the company back to the route of success is the totally new processor family using Bobcat microarchitecture. They are targeted for netbooks and nettops, which is the market where AMD hasn’t been represented at all before. However, will AMD manage to revolutionize this market and push aside Intel Atom and Nvidia ION? Let’s find out!

Table of Contents
Bobcat Microarchitecture
Brazos Platform
MSI E350IS-E45 Mainboard
Testbed and Methods
Performance
Synthetic Benchmarks
General Performance: PCMark Vantage
Internet Applications
Performance in Desktop Applications
3D Gaming Performance
HD Video Playback and Encoding
Power Consumption
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The AMD Brazos platform is overall faster than the first-generation ION which is based on the Diamondville-core Atom. It doesn’t mean that Intel’s energy-efficient platform can’t compete with AMD’s solution. The new 1.8GHz Aton coupled with Nvidia’s graphics beats the Brazos across most of the tests. The gap isn’t very large, yet we can see that the Zacate is no Atom killer when it comes to everyday tasks. It should rather be viewed as an alternative offer from AMD.
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Edited by 2010rig - 3/9/11 at 2:35pm
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the Zacate is no Atom killer when it comes to everyday tasks
That's too bad, I've viewed the atom as the downfall of the recent mobile computing. I had higher hopes from the Brazos platform, but given that it's doing everything nearly as fast as the Atom, but at lower power consumption and a lower raw operating frequency, I have high hopes for slightly higher power-consuming chips running faster and actually blowing the atom out of the water. Or so I can hope...
    
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That's too bad, I've viewed the atom as the downfall of the recent mobile computing. I had higher hopes from the Brazos platform, but given that it's doing everything nearly as fast as the Atom, but at lower power consumption and a lower raw operating frequency, I have high hopes for slightly higher power-consuming chips running faster and actually blowing the atom out of the water. Or so I can hope...
Misleading conclusion on the article.

Look at the power efficiency of those AMD chips.
Draw some performance per watt charts and then call the winner. Those chips are not meant to be fast performers, but good performers under a low energy state


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HD video playback is yet another kind of complex load. When used as a video player, our systems do not change their standings in terms of power consumption, though. The AMD Brazos needs only half the power that the second-generation ION consumes. The first-generation ION is more voracious than the Brazos, too.
that's half the power needed for doing the very same thing. I think we have a winner
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That's too bad, I've viewed the atom as the downfall of the recent mobile computing. I had higher hopes from the Brazos platform, but given that it's doing everything nearly as fast as the Atom, but at lower power consumption and a lower raw operating frequency, I have high hopes for slightly higher power-consuming chips running faster and actually blowing the atom out of the water. Or so I can hope...
Idk, i feel AMD realized that people who will use these chips are using it for portable multimedia, not number crunching. There isn't a reason to put power number crunching in those cpus since it will never be used.

I have to say, I am impressed with the power consumption and the gpu they have put in there. Next revisions are only going to get better. AMD is definitely on course for these cpus.

Ohh and could you imagine future motherboards that have these built in and you could use for everyday tasks, instead of your power hungry components. Energy savings go go. One can dream.
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Misleading conclusion on the article.

Look at the power efficiency of those AMD chips.
Draw some performance per watt charts and then call the winner. Those chips are not meant to be fast performers, but good performers under a low energy state


that's half the power needed for doing the very same thing. I think we have a winner
Very true--even at lower power consumption brazos platform does pull slightly ahead in nearly all the tests, but I'd equate it to being within the uncertainty of the measurements (maybe a bit too general), if you take a look at the charts. Was hoping for more than just an atom-replacement. You'd really hope that netbook-oriented performance still wouldn't be on-par with what 7 year old Pentium 4 processors could do. Sure, the power consumption is lower, but it still doesn't pave the way for slightly more demanding tasks, meanwhile the ability of programs to take advantage of more and more powerful CPU's (or perhaps APU's) will continue--it's still stagnating the mobile computing industry, which should go beyond a mere netbook's capabilities.
    
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Hmm, so Atom is not as pathetic as I originally thought.

When it comes to int performance they trade blows. When it comes to flt, AMD wins hands down.

Intel needs to invest more in graphics. It seems to have a nice, modular foundation with its EU cores.

Slap 16 EU clusters w/24 cores each and have a discrete GPU with 384 EUs. It seems like a no-brainer to me. Could call it the Intel HD 7600k or Intel HD 7500k.
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Longer battery life and same performance (slightly better) as Atom = win for AMD here, IMO.
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Longer battery life and same performance (slightly better) as Atom = win for AMD here, IMO.
I think I would agree with this. But question, if the Brazos platform is competing against Atom and entry level notebooks, what is AMD's notebook platform to compete with i5/7? Is it still their Phenom 2 line?
 
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my brazos kills my classmates' atoms
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Yeah ok...
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