AMD’s Dual-Core Llano Desktop APU Spotted

AMD recently launched two desktop (Llano) APUs which are available for purchase if you so desire, and there are four more different processors slated for the remaining of this year. According to some MSI marketing material, we got some idea of what kind of parts they’re brewing up. Our attention should be focused on the E2-3200 and is supposedly clocked at 2.4GHz bearing 1MB of L2 cache and has a TDP of 65W. It’s also to sport an integrated Radeon HD 6370D graphics solution clocked at 443MHz with 160 stream processors all on the same die. There is no Turbo Core and will be based on the FM1 package.


Early Benchmarks for AMD’s “Llano” Platform Surface

Apparently somebody got their hands on the AMD A8-3800 Quad-Core APU along with Gigabyte’s GA-A75-UD4H motherboard and they did exactly the right thing. Ran several benchmarks. Aside from the two feature parts, other parts used were 4GB (2x2GB) of GSKILL DDR3-1600 RAM, a standard 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 HDD, and note that the graphics is the on-board Radeon HD 6550D that’s on the same die.

What we found fairly darn impressive (for an integrated solution) were the benchmarks in the gaming department with these scores (at 1080p):

  • Street Fighter 4: 50.32 FPS
  • Hawx: 54 FPS (DX9) / 22 FPS (DX10)
  • Hawx 2: 46 FPS (DX9) / 34 FPS (DX11)
  • Resident Evil 5: 29.0 FPS (DX9) / 27.4 FPS (DX10)

AMD’s Llano Platform Outperforms Sandy Bridge in Demo

There’s been quite the buzz with AMD’s Bulldozer architecture lately, however their Llano platform is still on schedule for release this year as well. In case you guys haven’t seen the video, the results aren’t surprising with them favouring AMD’s solution. Their director of Client Technology, Godfrey Cheng, says:

“People are using more modern workloads like 3D graphics, HD video and Internet surfing in a much more prevalent manner…we all dabble with spreadsheets and word processing…but any modern x86 CPU-based PC can handle these workloads with ease.  But with these modern applications, the capacity to multitask, improve image quality and enhance power efficiency are much more important than raw x86 performance in determining how good a consumer’s experience is with a particular PC.”

“AMD’s “Llano” and Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” are roughly equal in size and transistor count…But…An analysis of the two components’ die area shows that AMD has invested much more heavily in graphics, parallel compute and video whereas Intel has invested much more of its silicon area in improving classic x86 performance.”

It’s hard to tell how both environments or workloads were exactly set up, so we’re uncertain if there’s any bias in the demo. Check out the video below (1080p toggle enabled only after playing clip) and judge for yourself.


Intel May Showcase Ivy Bridge CPUs at Computex 2011

Seems like it was only yesterday when Sandy Bridge was released, and now we’re already talking about the platform that’s going to be the successor. Anyhow, Intel may be showcasing their new line of processors at Computex Taipei this year (from May 31 to June 4, 2011). A Digitimes article states, according to Chinese Commercial Times report, the company will be introducing their 22nm Ivy Bridge processors at the show.

Slated for early 2012, the new chips will be manufactured using a 22nm process and features a DirectX 11 graphics core, compared to the 32nm Sandy Bridge chips that only has support for DirectX 10.1 on-die graphics. AMD is also working on something similar, but already moving towards 2nd-gen of Fusion APUs – however they won’t be a similar 22nm process as they are still pushing 32nm Llano APUs to the market.

UPDATE: It’s definitely a nice Valentine’s gift, our sources state that Intel will be shipping (to OEMs) a fully revised B3 version of the faulty (Series 6, Cougar Point) chipset today. To top it off – there will also be an updated BIOS (UEFI?), full pin compatibility with the previous B2 chipset, and most importantly a “metal layer modification that will improve lifetime wear out with no changes to functionality or design specs” (in simple terms, transistor affecting SATA ports now remedied). Props to Intel for admitting the design flaw, and coming up with a revised product in a fairly short time – now it’s up to all the manufacturers out there to make the swap and get them shipped (hopefully everything gets sorted out before April).

AMD Shows Off Next-Gen Llano Fushion APU

AMD’s been keeping the hype on their CPU/GPU hybrid for some time now, but we’re seeing near reality with a demo of its Llano Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). This is an all-in-one chip (prototype setup shown below), as demoed by the company, that is able to process three seperate compute-and-graphics-intensive workloads.

The Llano platform is also able to calculate value of Pi to 32 million decimal places, and decode HD video from a Blu-ray film. Sampling of these chips will hit desktops and laptops at some point in 2011. Head over here for a more detailed post on AMD’s blog, and take a look at their video below (right here) of course.