Notebookcheck

Analysis of the AMD Kaveri Notebook Platform

Till Schönborn (translated by Martina Osztovits), 08/15/2014

Kaveri goes mobile. The wait is over. The frugal notebook models follow the desktop models, which have already been available for a while. A total of nine APUs should compete with Intel's Haswell platform and especially score points with their superior graphics performance. We analyzed the potential of the new chips. Benchmark update - August 12, 2014!

For the original German article, see here.

AMD already introduced the new Kaveri architecture less than four months ago. However, the model range only consisted of a few desktop models. Finally, the previous Richland platform, based on the above two-year-old Trinity design, was also replaced in the notebook range. Therefore, it was high time to launch a completely revamped successor.

Lithography & Design

Before we take a close look at the design of processor and graphics unit, we will give a general overview of the chip. A first and decisive innovation is already obvious here: While Trinity and Richland were still produced in 32-nanometer lithography, Kaveri features the finer 28-nanometer process. Apart from the fact that so-called half node shrink is used (CPUs are usually always produced in full node processes), its technological focus is surprising: While the old 32-nanometer SOI process (High-k + Metal-Gate) still mainly focused on CPUs with high clock rate, packing density got more important in the new 28-nanometer lithography. This is especially important for the complex GPU part.

That is why the die has suddenly space for more than 2.4 billion transistors instead of only about 1.3 billion in Trinity/Richland, although the size of 245 mm² remained virtually the same. Nevertheless, it still only features two CPU modules or four integer cores and a dual-channel DDR controller, which (depending on the model) also supports faster modules up the DDR3-2133. So, the GPU benefits primarily from the higher number of transistors - we will come back to this soon. Other enhancements include support of PCIe 3.0 and TrueAudio technology.

  • 28 nm SHP process (Globalfoundries)
  • 2.41 billion transistors
  • 245 mm² die size
  • 3rd generation Bulldozer cores ("Steamroller")
  • 2 modules (4 integer cores)
  • 4 MB L2 cache
  • DirectX 11.2 GPU with 512 Shader ALUs (GCN 1.1 architecture)
  • UVD 4.2, VCE 2.0
  • Memory controller up to DDR3-2133
  • PCI Express 3.0
  • TDP of 17, 19 or 35 Watts

Model Overview

Precise specifications of all Kaveri APUs have already been circulating on the Internet for a while and are now officially confirmed with a single exception: The previously announced A6-7000 dual-core APU is no longer listed in the data sheets. This reduced the line-up to nine models, six of them in the consumer range. (Nearly) all models feature two modules or four CPU cores and an integrated graphics unit. Apart from the usual distinguishing features, clock rate and GPU module, the models also belong to different TDP classes: SV models (standard voltage) belong to the 35-Watt category and ULV models (ultra low voltage) to the 19-Watt category. The more frugal models also lack support of bigger DDR3-1600 modules and the faster PCIe 3.0 standard.

The Pro series in the business range is new. However, its specs are basically identical with the consumer chips of the 19-Watt category. But, AMD guarantees an especially high stability and durability (in terms of availability of the APUs for several years), which the probably cheaper consumers do not offer.

Name Modules / Cores CPU clock L2 cache Graphics unit Memory PCIe TDP
A-Series SV              
FX-7600P 2/4 2.7 - 3.6 GHz 4 MB Radeon R7
(512 ALUs/686 MHz)
DDR3-2133 1x 16x-PCIe 3.0 35 W
A10-7400P 2/4 2.5 - 3.4 GHz 4 MB Radeon R6
(384 ALUs/654 MHz)
DDR3-1866 1x 16x-PCIe 3.0 35 W
A8-7200P 2/4 2.4 - 3.3 GHz 4 MB Radeon R5
(256 ALUs/626 MHz)
DDR3-1866 1x 16x-PCIe 3.0 35 W
A-Series ULV              
FX-7500 2/4 2.1 - 3.3 GHz 4 MB Radeon R7
(384 ALUs/553 MHz)
DDR3-1600 1x 8x-PCIe 2.0 19 W
A10-7300 2/4 1.9 - 3.2 GHz 4 MB Radeon R6
(384 ALUs/533 MHz)
DDR3-1600 1x 8x-PCIe 2.0 19 W
A8-7100 2/4 1.8 - 3.0 GHz 4 MB Radeon R5
(256 ALUs/514 MHz)
DDR3-1600 1x 8x-PCIe 2.0 19 W
A-Series Commercial              
A10 Pro-7350B 2/4 2.1 - 3.3 GHz 4 MB Radeon R6
(384 ALUs/553 MHz)
DDR3-1600 1x 8x-PCIe 2.0 19 W
A8 Pro-7150B 2/4 1.9 - 3.2 GHz 4 MB Radeon R5
(384 ALUs/533 MHz)
DDR3-1600 1x 8x-PCIe 2.0 19 W
A6 Pro-7050B 1/2 2.2 - 3.0 GHz 1 MB Radeon R4
(192 ALUs/533 MHz)
DDR3-1600 1x 8x-PCIe 2.0 17 W

CPU Architecture

Like its two predecessors, Kaveri also integrates a maximum of four CPU cores based on the Bulldozer architecture or more specifically the 3rd generation called "Steamroller". Compared to the "Piledriver" cores in Trinity and Richland, the new design should bring up to 20 percent higher performance per clock. AMD promises an average performance gain of about 10 percent. Independent benchmarks of the desktop models could already more or less (closely) confirm this.

But what is the reason for the sudden performance gain? An important one could be that there are now two separate decoders per module instead of a shared one. Although it uses up transistors and increases power consumption, it improves the workload and as a result, the performance increases. You could say, in doing so, AMD has slightly blurred the basic module concept again. In addition, an improved load/store unit, bigger registers, an optimized jump prediction and a bigger L1 instruction cache (96 instead of 64 KB per module) should lead to a performance gain.

Graphics Unit

About half of the chip size of Kaveri is used for the graphics unit. This is a lot of space, which AMD used to increase the shader count from 384 (Trinity/Richland) to 512 ALUs, or eight compute cores. Furthermore, the GPU no longer uses the outdated VLIW design, but the modern GCN 1.1 architecture of current Radeon graphics cards. This improves energy efficiency and hardware workload and the APU can also handle DirectX 11.2 "Tier 2" and AMD's Mantle API.

Early benchmarks run by AMD verify that the new Kaveri APUs have remarkable performance reserves. Already the FX-7500 (Radeon R7) and the A10-7300 (Radeon R6) 19-Watt modules should achieve about 1400 to 1500 points in 3DMark 11, which would even outperform several dedicated 3D accelerators from the entry-level segment. Intel's Haswell ULV chips, which only have a TDP of 15 Watts (including chip set), might not stand a chance against Kaveri's graphics performance. We eagerly await the results of the FX-7600P 35-Watt top model, which features the best GPU, the highest clock rate and fast DDR3-2133 RAM. Our measurements of desktop models with similar specs hint on quite promising performance.

As the implementation of AMD's HSA concept (Heterogeneous System Architecture) advances, CPU and GPU moved closer together in Kaveri. It is the first time they can access the same memory area via hUMA. As a result, performance-wasting copying is not needed. Another feature called hQ (Heterogeneous Queuing) makes communication and task distribution between CPU and GPU more flexible if both are involved in a calculation. However, the new features will first pay off with coming, especially optimized, software.

Verdict

AMD Kaveri
AMD Kaveri

The technical data are known. Now Kaveri has to prove its strengths in practice. It is particularly difficult to estimate the continuously available performance of the ULV models because of their big Turbo range – PCMark and 3DMark benchmarks published so far are only a very rough reference. Nevertheless, Kaveri will likely increase competitive pressure on Intel; most models might be significantly better than their Haswell counterparts in GPU performance. However, this is partly achieved with a slightly higher (platform) TDP. Impacts on battery life still remain to be seen.

The pricing of the coming production models might be an important aspect for success or failure of the new APU generation. In the past, the strong processor graphics of AMD chips was often combined with hardly faster, dedicated GPUs. As a result, costs and emissions increased, but the 3D performance did not to the same extent (micro stuttering and driver problems). High-res displays and fast SSDs should also no longer be reserved for Intel based notebooks and ultrabooks. If manufacturers oblige, ultra thin devices with AMD-APU could become a real alternative.

Update August 11, 2014:

The A10-7300 — Benchmarks

The AMD A10-7300 is a ULV model with a TDP of 19 Watt, which is suitable for smaller notebooks with a display diagonal from 12 inch. Its four cores are split into two modules and clock with 1.9 to 3.2 GHz. Devices are connected via PCIe 2.0, the fastest compatible RAM-type is DDR3-1600, and the L2 cache is 4 MB. A Radeon R6 graphics unit is integrated and 384 of 512 ALUs are activated. The GPU clocks at 533 MHz. In terms of clock rates the APU ranks in between the faster FX-7500 (4x 2.1 - 3.3 GHz, TDP 19 W) and the A8-7100 (4x 1.8 - 3.0 GHz).

We have already described the performance of the A10-7300 in our Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 review. As usually we reviewed this consumer notebook with the pre-installed drivers (13.351.1002.1002). Afterwards, it turned out that the CPU performance significantly profits from a driver update to version 14.6 RC, while the results in our graphics and gaming benchmarks remained unchanged according to our samples. So, we used driver version 14.6 RC in our following comparison except for in games and the 3DMark benchmarks apart from 3DMark 11, which was already run with the new driver.

CPU performance of the AMD A10-7300 in comparison

In view of CPU performance and TDP class, the A10-7300 directly competes with the following CPUs/APUs (selection):

The notebooks and tablets with these processor used in this comparison represent about the average performance level of each platform.

Certainly, a direct comparison with the Richland "predecessor" of the A10-7300 is especially interesting.

is still based on the 32 nm process and is only apt for notebooks from a size of 14 inch because of its higher TDP. Alike in the A10-7300, the L2 cache is 4 MB and only RAM types up to DDR-1600 can be connected to the integrated controller. Certainly, the graphics units are also different (see section 3D performance for more information). We have put "predecessor" in quotes since there are no ULV Richland models, but we did not want to go back to even older generations.

In addition, we added the Richland-APU

 and a device with the widespread

to our comparison charts in order to improve the classification.

Apart from an efficiency gain, the most important differences between the A10-7300 and its quasi predecessor A8-5550M are changes in architecture and lithography (28 nm vs. 32 nm), slightly different base and maximum clock rate and particularly the TDP. We could observe that the new model tends to run at lower clocks despite smaller process and that it cannot use its turbo range to the same extent as the predecessor could.

Our CPU benchmarks confirm this observation. Although the A8-5550M performs better than the A10-7300 in all sub tests of all three Cinebench benchmarks, the  lead is small despite the A10-7300's TDP being almost half the Richlands'. The results in other CPU benchmarks emphasize this trend. The candidate can also keep up well with comparable Intel CPUs.

Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
7247 Points ∼20%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
8186 Points ∼23%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
9041 Points ∼25%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
7434 Points ∼21%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
6503 Points ∼18%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
10041 Points ∼28%
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
2853 Points ∼33%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
3187 Points ∼37%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
3617 Points ∼42%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
3361 Points ∼39%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
2940 Points ∼34%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
4953 Points ∼58%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
1.8 Points ∼10%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
2.05 Points ∼12%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
2.31 Points ∼13%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
1.87 Points ∼11%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
1.8 Points ∼10%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
1.63 Points ∼9%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
2.49 Points ∼14%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
0.67 Points ∼34%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
0.78 Points ∼39%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
0.85 Points ∼43%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
0.76 Points ∼38%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
0.75 Points ∼38%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
0.67 Points ∼34%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
1.14 Points ∼57%
Cinebench R15
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
158 Points ∼10%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
188 Points ∼12%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
211 Points ∼14%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
160 Points ∼10%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
152 Points ∼10%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
231 Points ∼15%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
59 Points ∼34%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
68 Points ∼39%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
76 Points ∼43%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
65 Points ∼37%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
60 Points ∼34%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
101 Points ∼57%

Legend

 
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 AMD A10-7300, AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri), Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M) AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M) AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
 
Asus P550CA-XO522G Intel Core i3-3217U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101 Intel Core i3-4020Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
 
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung MZNTD128HAGM
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit
Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
3865 Points ∼27%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
4432 Points ∼31%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
4792 Points ∼34%
Integer (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
4784 Points ∼31%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
4814 Points ∼31%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
5469 Points ∼35%
Floating Point (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
3742 Points ∼21%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
4514 Points ∼26%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
4907 Points ∼28%
Memory (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
2667 Points ∼30%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
3498 Points ∼39%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
3457 Points ∼39%
Stream (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
3478 Points ∼37%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
4680 Points ∼49%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
4698 Points ∼50%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
1498 Points ∼32%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
1691 Points ∼36%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
1832 Points ∼39%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
3743 Points ∼23%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
4417 Points ∼27%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
4776 Points ∼30%
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - --- (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
26.131 Seconds * ∼6%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
31.4 Seconds * ∼7%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
28.1 Seconds * ∼6%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
14.719 Seconds * ∼3%
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - --- (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
61.671 Seconds * ∼3%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
71 Seconds * ∼3%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
63.6 Seconds * ∼3%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
32.719 Seconds * ∼1%
WinRAR - Result (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
1526 KB/s ∼21%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
1963 KB/s ∼27%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
1992 KB/s ∼27%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
2213 KB/s ∼30%
wPrime 2.0x
32m (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
24.16 s * ∼5%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
25.3 s * ∼5%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
22.1 s * ∼4%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
23.344 s * ∼5%
1024m (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
854.95 s * ∼10%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
863 s * ∼10%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
780 s * ∼9%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
733.103 s * ∼9%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 1 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
62.55 fps ∼32%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
67 fps ∼35%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
75.5 fps ∼39%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
79.28 fps ∼41%
Pass 2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
12.14 fps ∼14%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
13.3 fps ∼16%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
15 fps ∼18%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
14.76 fps ∼17%

Legend

 
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 AMD A10-7300, AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri), Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M) AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M) AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung MZNTD128HAGM

* ... smaller is better

System Performance and Video

4k videos ask too much of the system - poor!
4k videos ask too much of the system - poor!

Since our Pumori test platform and the Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 feature an SSD and the mass storage device is, depending on the sub test, a more or less important factor, a direct comparison of the system performance is not possible. So, only the three Intel notebooks are left for our comparison. Alike our Kaveri test device they are equipped with a conventional 5400 rpm hard drive. Apart from the Creativity benchmark, the Acer E5-551-T8X3 (new driver) is on a level with the Asus with Ivy Bridge CPU in all sub tests, while devices with i3-4010U and i3-4020Y achieve an about 20% higher total score. However, it is questionable, whether this is notable in practice.

The performance of the video decoder is disappointing. Neither with the video player from Windows 8 nor with the widespread VLC player did our 4k test video run trouble-free without stuttering. This could also not be improved by adjusting relevant settings. As you can see in image right above, the CPU reaches its limits during video playback again and again.

PCMark 7
Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
1938 Points ∼28%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
2385 Points ∼34%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
1905 Points ∼27%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
2399 Points ∼35%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
4636 Points ∼67%
Lightweight (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
1529 Points ∼23%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
1907 Points ∼28%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
1718 Points ∼26%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
1009 Points ∼15%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
4742 Points ∼71%
Productivity (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
1150 Points ∼11%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
1368 Points ∼13%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
1032 Points ∼9%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
640 Points ∼6%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
3984 Points ∼37%
Entertainment (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
2080 Points ∼19%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
2352 Points ∼22%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
1906 Points ∼18%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
4564 Points ∼43%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
3508 Points ∼33%
Creativity (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
3437 Points ∼30%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
4731 Points ∼41%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
4277 Points ∼37%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
2566 Points ∼22%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
8382 Points ∼73%

Legend

 
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 AMD A10-7300, AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri), Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M) AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M) AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
 
Asus P550CA-XO522G Intel Core i3-3217U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101 Intel Core i3-4020Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
 
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE) Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung MZNTE128HMGR-000SO

3D performance

As mentioned in the introductory article, the integration of significantly faster graphics units than Intel's HD GPUs has been a unique feature of AMD APUs for a long time. In order to categorize the 3D performance, we use the pure graphics benchmarks of 3DMarks 2013 and 11 as well as of Cinebench R11.5.

While the Radeon HD 8550G integrated in the A8-5550M performs just under 50% better than the A10-7300 in the relatively undemanding Ice Storm DX9 benchmark, the difference gets smaller with higher requirements (Cloud Gate, DX 10) and is small in 3DMark 11 - although the clock rate of the Radeon R6 is lower and the TDP of the complete A10-7300 is almost half the A8-5550M's. The new GCN architecture appears to be advantageous here. This gets even more apparent in the ComputeMark v2.1 scores since the GPGPU benchmark particularly profits from GCN. In addition, more execution units are active in the R6.  Apart from few exception, the on-chip GPUs from Intel perform significantly worse. Finally it should be noted that AMD's advanced MANTLE API is first supported by mobile APUs with Kaveri. A first benchmark with Thief confirmed that systems with weak CPUs for their graphics units like the Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 benefit significantly from it.

3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
42872 Points ∼6%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
64034 Points ∼9%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
67658 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
27564 Points ∼4%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
31685 Points ∼4%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
46175 Points ∼6%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
37354 Points ∼5%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
6523 Points ∼6%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
6107 Points ∼5%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
6532 Points ∼6%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
4546 Points ∼4%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
3577 Points ∼3%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
5239 Points ∼4%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
5659 Points ∼5%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
1290 Points ∼6%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
1179 Points ∼5%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
1433 Points ∼6%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
708 Points ∼3%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
492 Points ∼2%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
741 Points ∼3%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
827 Points ∼4%
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
21.25 fps ∼17%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
28.5 fps ∼23%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
31.26 fps ∼26%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
12.82 fps ∼10%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
12.48 fps ∼10%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
18.78 fps ∼15%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
16.43 fps ∼13%

Legend

 
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 AMD A10-7300, AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri), Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M) AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M) AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
 
Asus P550CA-XO522G Intel Core i3-3217U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101 Intel Core i3-4020Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
 
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung MZNTD128HAGM
3DMark 03 - 1024x768 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
18332 Points ∼12%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
21767 Points ∼14%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
22299 Points ∼15%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
9129 Points ∼6%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
13482 Points ∼9%
3DMark 05 - 1024x768 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
7661 Points ∼21%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
11672 Points ∼32%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
12469 Points ∼34%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
9783 Points ∼27%
3DMark Vantage - 1280x1024 P GPU no PhysX (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
4022 Points ∼8%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
3741 Points ∼7%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
3961 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
2581 Points ∼5%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
3600 Points ∼7%
Dell Latitude E7240
2632 Points ∼5%
Unigine Heaven 3.0
1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
10.6 fps ∼6%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
10.8 fps ∼6%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
10.9 fps ∼6%
Dell Latitude E7240
8.4 fps ∼5%
1920x1080 OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
8.2 fps ∼7%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
5.4 fps ∼5%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
6.2 fps ∼6%
Dell Latitude E7240
9.1 fps ∼8%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - 1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
85 fps ∼9%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
87 fps ∼10%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
100 fps ∼11%
Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA
64 fps ∼7%
ComputeMark v2.1
1024x600 Normal, Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
804 Points ∼10%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
575 Points ∼7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
491 Points ∼6%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
126 Points ∼11%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
120 Points ∼11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
50 Points ∼4%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
103 Points ∼13%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
68 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
46 Points ∼6%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
166 Points ∼9%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
154 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
113 Points ∼6%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
189 Points ∼9%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
83 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
87 Points ∼4%
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
219 Points ∼9%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
151 Points ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
194 Points ∼8%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
290 Samples/s ∼6%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
132 Samples/s ∼3%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
84 Samples/s ∼2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
189 Samples/s ∼4%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
143 Samples/s ∼3%
Dell Latitude E7240
218 Samples/s ∼5%
Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
163 Samples/s ∼7%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
62 Samples/s ∼3%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
180 Samples/s ∼7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
123 Samples/s ∼5%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
222 Samples/s ∼9%
Dell Latitude E7240
137 Samples/s ∼6%

Legend

 
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 AMD A10-7300, AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri), Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M) AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M) AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501 Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung PM841 Series MZ7TD128HAFV-000L1
 
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAGN mSATA
 
Dell Latitude E7240 Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
 
Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA Intel Core i7-4500U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
1024x768 Low Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
35 fps ∼18%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
22.9 fps ∼12%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
23.4 fps ∼13%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
15.1 fps ∼8%
Dishonored
1024x768 Low / Off, FOV: 75 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
38.3 fps ∼29%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
52 (min: 39) fps ∼40%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
54 (min: 42) fps ∼42%
1366x768 Medium / Off, FOV: 75 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
32.6 fps ∼25%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
42 (min: 30) fps ∼32%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
43 (min: 33) fps ∼33%
1366x768 High / On, FOV: 75 AA:FX (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
29.5 fps ∼23%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
34 (min: 28) fps ∼26%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
38 (min: 31) fps ∼29%
Watch Dogs - 1024x768 Low Overall Quality, Medium Textures (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
17.5 fps ∼17%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
20.3 (min: 12) fps ∼19%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
22.1 (min: 16) fps ∼21%
Wolfenstein: The New Order
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
29.6 fps ∼49%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
33.1 (min: 24) fps ∼55%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
38.3 (min: 27) fps ∼64%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
27.2 fps ∼45%
1280x720 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
29.1 fps ∼49%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
29.8 (min: 19) fps ∼50%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
35.7 (min: 26) fps ∼60%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
21.9 fps ∼37%
Thief - 1024x768 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
11.8 fps ∼9%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 (Mantle)
18.8 fps ∼15%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
18.7 (min: 11) fps ∼15%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
21 (min: 13.6) fps ∼17%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
14 fps ∼11%
Dota 2
1024x768 Low / Off, Render Quality: 40 % (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
42.2 fps ∼29%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
53 fps ∼37%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
69.4 (min: 47) fps ∼48%
1366x768 Medium / On, Render Quality: 70 % (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
24.5 fps ∼20%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
36.6 fps ∼31%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
44.2 (min: 31) fps ∼37%
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
45.85 fps ∼16%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
52 fps ∼18%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
57 fps ∼20%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
25.5 fps ∼9%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
31.49 fps ∼11%
Tomb Raider
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
51.6 fps ∼10%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
61 (min: 54) fps ∼12%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
66.9 (min: 52) fps ∼13%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
37.1 fps ∼7%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
31.2 fps ∼6%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
44.4 fps ∼9%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
44.1 fps ∼8%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
26.9 fps ∼6%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
29 (min: 22) fps ∼6%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
33.4 (min: 27) fps ∼7%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
18.3 fps ∼4%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
15.8 fps ∼3%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
22.4 fps ∼5%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
23.5 fps ∼5%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
19 fps ∼4%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
19 fps ∼4%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
21.6 (min: 17) fps ∼5%
Asus P550CA-XO522G
9.5 fps ∼2%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
12.8 fps ∼3%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
14.1 fps ∼3%
Crysis 3
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
24.8 fps ∼15%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
27 (min: 22) fps ∼17%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
29 (min: 24) fps ∼18%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:16x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
15.5 fps ∼11%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
16.7 (min: 7) fps ∼12%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
17.3 (min: 8) fps ∼13%
Hitman: Absolution - 1024x768 Lowest Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
18.58 fps ∼16%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
24.8 (min: 18) fps ∼22%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
27 (min: 20) fps ∼24%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
32.4 fps ∼18%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
42 (min: 34) fps ∼24%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
47 (min: 37) fps ∼27%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
31.69 fps ∼18%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
27.1 fps ∼16%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
29.4 (min: 25) fps ∼18%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
31.6 (min: 27) fps ∼19%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
17.33 fps ∼10%
1366x768 High Preset AA:8x AF:8x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
18.4 fps ∼14%
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M)
19.7 (min: 16) fps ∼15%
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
22.8 (min: 19) fps ∼18%
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE)
10.57 fps ∼8%

Legend

 
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 AMD A10-7300, AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri), Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Pumori Test Platform (A8-5550M) AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M) AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
 
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
 
Asus P550CA-XO522G Intel Core i3-3217U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101 Intel Core i3-4020Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
 
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 (NP930X5J-K02DE) Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung MZNTE128HMGR-000SO
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Author: Till Schönborn, 2014-08-15 (Update: 2014-08-13)