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AMD Fusion - Brazos Motherboards Tested!

By Vincent Chang - 26 Jan 2011

Test Setup

Test Setup

We had to assemble from a range of systems to find the right comparisons for the AMD Brazos platform. In general CPU terms, it's supposed to be competing with the Intel Atom and Pentium 4, but its graphics capabilities appear to be competitive with older Intel HD Graphics (Clarkdale) and NVIDIA's Ion. We also wanted to see how it would stack up against AMD's older 780G platform. Due to the many different systems and platforms, there might be some discrepancies in operating systems, but we believe they are still appropriate here as references for the Brazos systems.

AMD Brazos (ASRock E350M1, Gigabyte E350N-USB3, MSI E350IA-E45)

  • AMD Zacate (1.6GHz)
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20) *DDR3-1066 for ASRock
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310 (integrated, Catalyst driver 8.792, 256MB shared memory)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA
  • Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate

Intel Core i5 (Clarkdale) 

  • Intel Core i5-661 processor (3.33GHz)
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
  • Intel DH55TC (Intel H55 Express chipset)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA
  • Intel INF 9.1.1.1020 and Intel Rapid Storage Technology 9.5.0.1037
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
     

ASUS AT3N7A-1 (Intel Atom 330 with NVIDIA Ion)

  • Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz) with 1MB L2 cache
  • 2GB DDR3 memory
  • NVIDIA ION (256MB)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA
  • Windows 7 Vista Ultimate

AMD 785G 

  • AMD Phenom II X4 955 (3.2GHz)
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 @7-7-7-20
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA HDD (single NTFS partition of 200GB)
  • Radeon HD 4250 (dependent on board's default clocks, 256MB frame buffer, Catalyst driver version 8.71)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

 

Benchmarks

The following benchmarks were used:

  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage (ver 1.01)
  • Futuremark 3DMark06 (ver 1.10)
  • Far Cry 2
  • Unreal Tournament 3 (ver 1.1)
  • Quake 4 (ver 1.3)
  • Blu-ray Playback Testing (Black Snake Moan, Superman Returns) using PowerDVD 10 (ver 2308)