The Reference Kabini Notebook & Test Setup
The AMD Reference Kabini Notebook
The reference Kabini notebook given to us from AMD is a simply designed, no frills machine. It has a 1080p full HD, 15-inch display and just about 20 mm thick and weighs 1.75kg. Of course, this being a showcase of the processing platform and not the kind of notebooks one can expect, we didn't really mind its physical attributes.
Under the hood is AMD’s new A4-5000 APU, which is the second most powerful model in the Kabini lineup. This quad-core APU runs at 1.5GHz, has a 2MB L2 cache and an integrated Radeon HD 8330 GPU with 128 stream processors running at a GPU clock speed of 500MHz. The A4-5000 APU has a TDP of just 15W and according to AMD literature, was designed to go head to head with Intel’s Pentium offerings.
For comparison, the top of the line A6-5200 APU has a clock speed of 2GHz and an integrated Radeon HD 8400 GPU that has the same 128 stream processors but running at a higher 600MHz GPU clock speed. The TDP of this A6-5200 is also much higher at 25W. This more powerful APU was designed to compete against Intel’s entry-level Core i3 processors.
Here’s a look at the reference Kabini notebook from AMD.
While we haven't really reviewed many entry-level systems, we've put together some test comparisons to get a better idea where exactly does the new Kabini A4-5000 APU stand. For starters, we will be compariing it against AMD’s own A10-4600M from our review of the Trinity notebook platform last year and also the recently reviewed Sapphire Edge VS8 Mini-PC, which has a mid-level Trinity A8-4555M APU. Additionally, from Intel, we will be including results from the Intel NUC Mini-PC and the ASUS Vivobook X202, both of which are powered by the Intel Core i3-3217U processor.
Here's a summary of the various systems' key specifications.
|AMD Kabini Reference Notebook||A4-5000||1.5GHz||Radeon HD 8330G||4GB||
|AMD Trinity Reference Notebook||A10-4600M||2.3GHz||Radeon HD 7660G||4GB||128GB SSD|
|Sapphire Edge VS8||A8-4555M||1.6GHz||Radeon HD 7600G||4GB||
|Intel NUC Mini-PC||Core i3-3217U||1.8GHz||Intel HD Graphics 4000||4GB||128GB SSD|
|ASUS Vivobook X202||Core i3-3217U||1.8GHz||Intel HD Graphics 4000||4B||500GB HDD (5400rpm)|
The systems were tested using the following benchmarks:
- BAPco SYSmark 2012
- PCMark 7
- 3DMark 11
- 3DMark 2013