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    Phoronix: More Linux Benchmarks Of The AMD A8-3500M Fusion APU

    Earlier this week we delivered launch-day Linux benchmarks of the AMD A8-3500M "Llano" Fusion APU. The results for this next-generation, quad-core Fusion chip were impressive with the graphics and compute power being several times faster than the common AMD E-350 Fusion APU. In that article we just had two other systems the A8-3500M performance was being compared to, but here are some more Linux benchmarks comparing Llano to other systems running Ubuntu 11.04.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16157

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    So it's more or less equivalent to a Intel Core i3 330M on the CPU side
    Good for AMD

    The real interesting part would be now seeing how much GPU performance is better (I guess it's better....) and which is the power consumption comparison.

    The competition on the mobile side should now be fair between intel and AMD
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    • #3
      Originally posted by TeoLinuX View Post
      and which is the power consumption comparison.
      That's what I would consider important, even though AMD's CPU is not that powerful.

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      • #4
        yeah of course, battery duration is the most important thing on a mobile device
        But I wouldn't define the CPU not that powerful, or you meant the GPU?

        In the benchmark you can see that the CPU side is on par with i3 330, which is the reference competitor on the market.
        On other websites I saw that autonomy is really good.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by TeoLinuX View Post
          On other websites I saw that autonomy is really good.
          It is good, but it isn't much better than Sandy Bridge.
          Last edited by bug77; 06-17-2011, 08:58 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TeoLinuX View Post
            So it's more or less equivalent to a Intel Core i3 330M on the CPU side
            Good for AMD

            The real interesting part would be now seeing how much GPU performance is better (I guess it's better....) and which is the power consumption comparison.

            The competition on the mobile side should now be fair between intel and AMD
            Toms Hardware has such information. In comparison to the Intel 2520, the A8 get 2x the battery life. Very nice performance/watt ratio AMD! The Intel 2520 isn't 2x as fast and the graphics are very poor compared to the A8. I'm impressed.

            http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...u,2959-22.html

            Not only does the A8-3500M get about twice as much time out of its battery, it does so while delivering far better graphics performance. The implications of this are profound: a Llano laptop user might be able to play a mainstream 3D game for an entire two-hour flight with decent frame rates, while the Intel Core i5-based platform would only last for half of the flight with choppy performance. There does, in fact, seem to be validity in AMD’s excitement over its improved power story, and of course this is a real advantage when it comes to mobile devices.

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            • #7
              Well, I meant the GPU. The CPU is quite something compared to the E-350 or the Atom. I own myself a Samsung n210plus whose processor is an Atom N450, and I love this netbook because of its endless autonomy. Altohugh I would like to go with a better CPU and GPU performance without increasing too much the power consumption. Hopefully this new APU series will bring us this improvement.

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              • #8
                As a mobile platform for programming/working with OpenGL more precisely, this looks to be pretty much exactly what I'm after. Now if only those pesky bills would stop appearing every other day, I might be able to save up and buy one.

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                • #9
                  What a lame excuse, the intel GPU's not supported on 11.04. You guys know how to update the intel driver stack and the kernel. Your comparision is not correct and draws a wrong picture. Both CPU's come with an integrated GPU, and therefore the correct test is using those GPU's.

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                  • #10
                    Nice re-review, that's more like it, even if not 100% Apples-to-Apples.

                    Originally posted by bug77 View Post
                    It is good, but it isn't much better than Sandy Bridge.
                    It's based on an older core, with more focus on the GPU, so pretty good all things considered.
                    Earth-shattering? Nope. A viable alternative? Definitely.
                    I pretty much know what my next laptop will be based on now

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ebsi View Post
                      What a lame excuse, the intel GPU's not supported on 11.04. You guys know how to update the intel driver stack and the kernel. Your comparision is not correct and draws a wrong picture. Both CPU's come with an integrated GPU, and therefore the correct test is using those GPU's.
                      amd's gpu is blatantly better anyway, so why does it matter? on linux it isn't that good but that's just because amd's linux drivers tend to suck. so far every benchmark i've seen of the a8-3500, the gpu has surpassed even i7's IGP.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PsynoKhi0 View Post
                        It's based on an older core, with more focus on the GPU, so pretty good all things considered.
                        Earth-shattering? Nope. A viable alternative? Definitely.
                        I pretty much know what my next laptop will be based on now
                        I don't think it's that impressive. Just look here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4444/a...apu-a8-3500m/7

                        Same battery life and Sandy Bridge wipes the floor with Llano. Llano only wins if you insist to run games on the integrated GPU. And it's only $10-20 cheaper than Sandy Bridge.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bug77 View Post
                          I don't think it's that impressive. Just look here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4444/a...apu-a8-3500m/7

                          Same battery life and Sandy Bridge wipes the floor with Llano. Llano only wins if you insist to run games on the integrated GPU. And it's only $10-20 cheaper than Sandy Bridge.
                          I was wondering when someone would point to that. The Llano system there has a lower capacity battery. If you look at the relative battery life comparisons, then things look a little different, and Llano comes out ahead, and then as the article noted, it's actually likely to be about the same once screen sizes are taken into account.

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                          • #14
                            I guess we are still waiting for a PSX and N64 emulator benchmark for the netbook CPUs....
                            Would be really useful for telling if its worth getting.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bug77 View Post
                              Same battery life and Sandy Bridge wipes the floor with Llano. Llano only wins if you insist to run games on the integrated GPU. And it's only $10-20 cheaper than Sandy Bridge.
                              Uh... Oh great another "But but but..." ping pong internet game... I've got that tingling feeling I'm wasting my time on this one...
                              Hell, it's friday night, let's party!
                              Ok, my turn then?
                              "Sandy Bridge only wins if you insist on running Cinebench 24/7 on your laptop."
                              Next participant? Any taker? *hands out the microphone*

                              And erm, which only $10-20 more expensive SB wipes the floor in which context?

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