AMD Unleashes Kabini APUs – Delivers Next Gen Performance With x86 Jaguar and HD 8000 Cores


AMD’s next generation Kabini APUs have been released powering next generation of notebooks with the high-performance x86 Jaguar architecture and Radeon HD 8000 cores.

AMD Kabini APUs – Powers Next Gen Mainstream Notebooks

The AMD Kabini APUs or SOC (System-on-chip) is designed specifically to deliver best in class efficiency to next generation mainstream notebooks while delivering faster performance with the first ever x86 Quad Core SOC codenamed “Kabini”. The Kabini APUs feature upto four of the latest x86 Jaguar cores that deliver faster performance over last generation processors while improving power efficiency by delivering muchbetter battery life and performance per watt.

The graphics side of the chip is powered by the latest HD 8000 cores which might not be based on a new architecture but deliver better performance through improved clock speeds. The Kabini APUs are split in two tiers, the Kabini A-Series APUs would directly compete against the Core i3 and Pentium series CPUs from Intel while the Kabini E-Series APUs would go against the Celeron lineup. AMD aims to deliver a new price per performance achievement with their latest Kabini APUs and will be drastically cheaper than what Intel offers.

Although performance on the GPU side is a definitive increase over last generation for AMD, Intel might just give them a hard time with their upcoming low power 4th generation Haswell iGPs which would be aimed to deliver enhanced performance over Intel’s last generation graphics core. However that would be settled when the reviews for both products go live. Following are some of the highlights for AMD’s upcoming Kabini APUs after which we will head over to take a look at the performance:

  • Best-inClass graphics performance
  • More responsiveness, better experience with platform performance increase of upto 88% over previous generation.
  • The first and only quad core for essential/OPP segment
  • Game better with console-like graphics
  • Over 10 hours of resting battery life
  • Up to 9+ hours of web browsing, 6+ hours of 1080P playback

Compared to the Trinity based A4-4355M (22W), the Kabini A4-5000 (15) delivers upto 66% improvement in 3DMark 11 and 42% improvement in PCMark7. On the other hand, the Kabini E1-2100 (9W) is 215% faster in 3DMark 11 and 136% faster in PCMark 7 compared to the 22W Brazos based E1-1200. You can check out in the following slide that with Kabini SOCs, AMD aims to deliver upto 25% more power efficiency over Brazos.

The next chart compares Intel’s Pentium and Sandy Bridge “Core i3” processors with AMD Kabini A-Series APUs. The Core i3 generation CPU can’t run DirectX11 which is available on AMD’s and Pentium processors. AMD takes the lead by delivering 120-140% improvement in Batman Arkham City, faster DX10 performance flagship vs flagship (Core i3-2370M vs A6-5200) in 3DMark Cloud Gate and enhanced OpenCL performance in Basemark CL benchmark.

The product stack for AMD’s upcoming Kabini APUs lineup can be seen below. As mentioned on the top, the A-series would be placed against Core i3 and Pentium processors while the E-series would tackle the Celeron lineup.

Model Radeon GPU TDP CPU Cores CPU Clock L2 Cache GPU Cores GPU Clock DDR3 Speed
A6-5200 HD 8400 25W 4 2.0 GHz 2MB L2 128 600 MHz 1600 MHz
A4-5000 HD 8330 15W 4 1.5 GHz 2MB L2 128 500 MHz 1600 MHz
E2-3000 HD 8280 15W 2 1.6 GHz 1MB L2 128 450 MHz 1600 MHz
E1-2500 HD 8240 15W 2 1.4 GHz 1MB L2 128 400 MHz 1333 MHz
E1-2100 HD 8210 09W 2 1.0 GHz 1MB L2 128 300 MHz 1333 MHz

AMD’s Kabini APUs are now shipping globally to OEMs and would be shipped with mainstream notebooks.

AMD Kabini APUs Mainstream Platform Press Deck:

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