AMD Fusion Brazos Lineup (Ontario + Zacate) 3D Benchmarked

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22 Jan, 2011 3:36 pm

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AMD’s low end Fusion Brazos lineup, which includes both Ontario and Zacate APUs with a total of 4 SKUs (currently) has been 3D benchmarked over at Blogeee.net with 3DMark 2006 – well, except the single core Zacate E-240 which we haven’t seen announced in any product yet.

Overall performance for all three tested APUs slot in between and above the dated Diamondville dual core Atom / first-gen ION platform and a little below the dual core Atom D525 and ION 2 platform. While it’s no surprise to see AMD’s Radeon graphics killing integrated GMA graphics, as they have always done, some might be disappointed to see graphics performance not surpass the ION 2, but nonetheless it it looks pretty close – I’m not sure how much of that 200+ point different results in terms of extra real life frame rates.

The GPU and 3D graphics is only one half of the story though as the CPU will handle most things outside of gaming. There are no non-3D benchmarks given here but from recent reviews of the Fusion powered HP Pavilion DM1z we can see that the CPUs in AMD’s offerings clearly outperform any dual core Atom CPU with general performance. Engadget’s PCMark Vantage (tests everything including 3D) scores gives 2,510 for the HP Pavilion DM1z (Zacate E-350) and 1,942 for the ASUS Eee PC 1215N (Atom D525 / ION 2). Results are similar with LaptopMag’s benchmarks.

Performance isn’t all there is to the new Fusion platform though. Big improvements in battery life, thermals and pricing remains competitive. Battery life is now passing 6 hours, or 1-2 hours better than the AMD Nile platform where around 3 – 5 hours was common. Pricing for the C-50, a direct competitor to the Atom N5xx with GMA graphics is extremely competitive – the Acer Aspire One 522 is priced at $330 which is the same price as the D255 when it launched late last year, but the 522 is superior in performance and also packs in a higher resolution display.

The ASUS Eee PC 1015N might outdo it in the graphics (edit: I forget – this is the lower 8-core version, so it won’t outdo Fusion, thanks Nurninante) department but that debuted at $100 more at $430 and it’s the only 10-inch netbook to sport ION 2 and availability has been very limited to the US and parts of Europe. On the larger end, the Zacate 3-50 should be a good competitor to recent dual core Atom Pine trail processors with ION 2 but with a lower price tag. HP’s Pavilion DM1z starts at $450. ASUS’ Eee PC 1215N debuted at $499.

Source: Blogeee.net

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  • Nurninante

    the ION in 1015 doesnt outdo Fusion in GPU, keep in mind it is using the much weaker ION(8) not ION(16)

    also, while the D525/ION-2 combo benchmarks a little higher than Zacate it uses ALOT more power, D525 13w + ION(16) 13w = 26w (NO speedstepping). Zacate is only 18w & uses speedstepping to go much lower

  • Anonymous

    yeah I hear that I like the current gen Zacate I don’t get why no manufacturers have put one of them in a 12′ tablet or slate. These are as small as any regular processor whats stopping them from going into a slate or something. I know there is the Acer tablet but lets face it Acer sucks.

  • Anonymous

    yeah I hear that I like the current gen Zacate I don’t get why no manufacturers have put one of them in a 12′ tablet or slate. These are as small as any regular processor whats stopping them from going into a slate or something. I know there is the Acer tablet but lets face it Acer sucks.

  • Joe

    I don’t really care about 3D benchmarks since I’m a non-gamer. I’m hoping to see a lot of CPU only benchmarks.

  • Anonymous

    They’ll eventually go there but right now with the emphasis on battery life you’ll only see the lower powered Ontario in tablet devices. Since the Zacate is rated at twice the TDP of the Ontario.

    But if you install a touch screen, you could always mod a regular netbook using the E-350, like the upcoming Asus Eee PC 1015B, into a tablet, if you really can’t wait :P

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the correction on the 1015N, I’ve edited that part.

  • http://twitter.com/ET3D Eyal Teler

    I’m happy to see some benchmarks trickling in. These are a little encouraging. I was disappointed with the 3D performance figures of the Ontario APU’s from the initial previews, and was afraid that Ontario will be completely useless there. This shows that its performance isn’t hugely under Zacate, which is promising.