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  • #16
    It doesn't even compare to i3 hardware. Laptops with this hardware is about $400 plus change. I think it's good for battery life if that's your priority.

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    • #17
      So in conclusion, a Phenom II X3 710 is faster than a Core i3-370M.

      What? Oh I see, this is about E-350 is it? Well, it's actually a very nice APU and in line with AMD's expectations in terms of performance. Faster than Atom and about 90% the performance of a Phenom II/Athlon II. If you divide the results by number of cores and clock speed it's easy to see that it has about the same performance as the Phenom II line with much lower power consumption. For example, on the first test doing this division results in 4.28 for the X3-710 and 4.19 for the E-350.

      PS: Passive board ~~~~

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      • #18
        Originally posted by [Knuckles] View Post
        From the article: "...but even still with the latest Catalyst drivers the XvBA/video implementation can be buggy depending upon several factors."
        And don't forget that Phoronix use not even released software.

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        • #19
          With software decoding, 720p H.264 should work fine, especially if a multithreaded decoder (like ffmpeg-mt) is used. Lower bitrate 1080p probably works fine too (basically everything but Bluray).

          It's not like the E-350 is borderline for 720p, a CPU that is borderline for this kind of load is a single core Intel Atom (e.g. 230 or N270). The Atom 330 actually is capable of playing lower bitrate 1080p H.264 with a suitable decoder.

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          • #20
            Hey Michael, just wondering how you were able to OC the CPU since in the article it says that the BIOS wouldn't allow it.

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            • #21
              The multicore results are likely the most appropriate ones to look at here. AMD have decided that CPUs are pretty much well fast enough for the most common uses, so their focus is turning towards parallel workloads (including multiple applications running simultaneously).
              Looks to be paying off.

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              • #22
                Max Spain: There is a jumper on the board, called Turbo Key II. That one shorted supposedly activates the overclocking features of the "BIOS" (UEFI, actually).

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                • #23
                  Thanks Brent. I know that 720p is borderline on a single core atom but everything faster should do it. That's why I was confused when the article said that there are problems with 720p video material.

                  However, how is the situation with Flash and 720p? I know that my dualcore 1.83GHz Intel T2400 is just fast enough to decode it in software and fullscreen. I believe that this processor is a bit faster than the E-350. Does that mean that so far Flash 720p won't work well on the E-350?

                  Lots of Youtube videos are now working with HTML5 but I don't want to run into problems with the ones that are not available yet. I can wait for a faster Fusion platform.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by mastereye View Post
                    Lots of Youtube videos are now working with HTML5 but I don't want to run into problems with the ones that are not available yet. I can wait for a faster Fusion platform.
                    I think the platform is fine (check available review of the low-end C-50 netbooks out there, like the Aspire One D522), the main issue is that the recently open-sourced XvBA has to mature and make it into media players.

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                    • #25
                      AMD has not provided open-source support or public documentation on any generation of the UVD engine due to fear it may compromise their Digital Rights Management support under other operating systems (Microsoft Windows). It is unlikely this lack of open-source accelerated video support for AMD hardware will change anytime soon.
                      WTF is all the radeon open source driver and chipset effort for? I thought that in the future AMD merges CPU + GPU into one chip and went open source to not worry about any seperated binary drivers anymore (like Intel).

                      The stupid lawyers and drm harm developement enough already... it seems the only easy going way is to use Intel chipset with Intel graphics

                      p.s. sorry, but I used and supported AMD with radeon cards for years now... if I have to use binary drivers I am going Nvidia.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by disi View Post
                        WTF is all the radeon open source driver and chipset effort for? I thought that in the future AMD merges CPU + GPU into one chip and went open source to not worry about any seperated binary drivers anymore (like Intel)..
                        Sorry, but you thought wrong. AMD has always been very honest that they think their binary drivers are and will remain necessary. The OSS effort is on top of that, not replacing it.

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                        • #27
                          But it is frustrating...
                          xrandr ATI drivers have problems, xrandr NVIDIA drivers have problems, ATI and xorg is usually 1-3 versions behind, NVIDIA and xorg is usually 1-3 versions behind... I am pretty sure you all that anyway

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by disi View Post
                            But it is frustrating...
                            xrandr ATI drivers have problems, xrandr NVIDIA drivers have problems, ATI and xorg is usually 1-3 versions behind, NVIDIA and xorg is usually 1-3 versions behind... I am pretty sure you all that anyway
                            That's why open drivers exist.

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                            • #29
                              I just joined the AMD Fusion camp. Got my E-350 powered notebook this week and it's amazing. With the Catalyst, everything works, from suspend, to setting up external monitors through HDMI etc. although right now, I am running Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity and the opensource stack through xorg-edgers. I. LOVE. MY. NOTEBOOK.

                              The future is Fusion

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                                I just joined the AMD Fusion camp. Got my E-350 powered notebook this week and it's amazing. With the Catalyst, everything works, from suspend, to setting up external monitors through HDMI etc. although right now, I am running Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity and the opensource stack through xorg-edgers. I. LOVE. MY. NOTEBOOK.
                                Nice

                                Were you able to get video decoding acceleration using XBMC or mplayer? I think that's pretty much the only thing keeping me from a similar laptop.

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