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AMD Fusion - Brazos Motherboards Tested!

By Vincent Chang - 26 Jan 2011

HD Playback Performance & Power Consumption

Blu-ray Video Playback

Since the Brazos systems aren't that capable for gaming, how about playing back HD videos and such? Well, it's something that AMD has demonstrated on many occasions and we're glad to report that our own testing have confirmed that Brazos is extremely capable of playing HD content like Blu-ray movies. We encountered no lag issues while playing the test clips and the CPU utilization rates, while not as low as some of its competitors, are sufficiently low for us. You have to factor in the vastly different CPUs being compared in these platforms. In that respect, the new UVD3 engine in these new chips certainly seems up to the task.

 

Power Consumption

Power consumption, probably the most important factor for Brazos when it comes to adoption by vendors in mobile devices like netbooks, was fairly similar between the three boards. We saw a total system power draw of around 50W for our test system, with the Gigabyte spiking up to 62W during benchmarks. It certainly compares well against other desktop platforms like the Intel H55 or AMD's older 785G. Of course, the rather large discrepancy in pure CPU performance between those two platforms and Brazos has not been factored in - if you can finish your workload in a shorter amount of time, that means the system can go into low-power hibernation mode or even be shut off. But if all you're doing is light productivity tasks, media playback and using the internet, these new low power systems are perfect for it.