Intel Core i7's Vain Struggle Against AMD R-Series

The APUs based on “Trinity” might even give Core i7-3612QE a hard time

By on May 10th, 2012 08:23 GMT
Advanced Micro Devices will have both desktop and laptop accelerated processing units for consumers to buy, but that doesn't mean it won't have other chips too.

In fact, the Sunnyvale, California-based company is also going to launch the R-Series, which is basically the mobile “Trinity” series only for the embedded market instead of notebooks.

It is this R-Series that appeared in an Advanced Micro Devices PDF not too long ago.

A graph shows the AMD R-464L and the R-272F pitted against the Core i7-2710QE, Core i5-2520M and Core i3-2310M.

All the chips were tested under 3DMark 06 and 3DMark Vantage v1.1.0, and the results can easily be seen in the picture.

The R-464L did 106% better and the R-272F managed to strike a 45% higher score than the Core i7-2710QE.

Sure, the Intel processor is a Sandy Bridge equipped with Intel GMA HD 3000, not the 4000, but one has to take into account that, if what the PDF shows is true, then the R-464L might be better than the Core i7-3612QE Ivy Bridge too, which does have 4000 graphics.

All in all, AMD's chips seem to be slowly but surely gaining an advantage, even if Intel does maintain its lead in terms of pure x86 performance.

As visible in the graph, the accelerated processing units have TDPs (thermal design powers) of 35W. We suspect that only special chips used in Sleekbook-type laptops will run on less power.

And here is where we would express our regrets at not having any other information on the chips. Fortunately, CPU World prevented us from experiencing such grief.

They claim to have located some details, albeit only about the R-464L. Somehow. They are as follows: four x86 CPU cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, Radeon HD 7660G graphics and 4 MB of L2 cache (similarities to A10-4600M can be noticed). The Turbo Core CPU/GPU frequencies are still unknown.

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