3D Gaming Performance
First of all, let’s take a look at the results produced by Futuremark 3DMark Vantage.
This popular gaming benchmark gives a rather high score to the Zacate processor’s integrated graphics core Radeon HD 6310. We can see that it is comparable to Intel’s first-generation HD Graphics in terms of performance. As a result, the performance rating of the AMD platform is even higher than that of the second-generation ION which, by the way, is equipped with a discrete rather than an integrated graphics core.
On the other hand, it is obvious that we cannot expect as high gaming performance from the Brazos as from platforms with Core i3/Core i5 processors. The AMD Zacate is energy-efficient and slow, therefore the gaming performance of the whole platform is going to be limited by the processor’s capabilities even at low graphics quality settings and low resolutions.
Well, that’s just what we expected. Reviewing any Intel Atom based platform, we always wrote that it would be highly problematic to build a full-featured gaming system around it. The processor is just too slow. AMD’s offer isn’t much different from the Atom in this respect. Like the ION, the Brazos is not a gaming platform as you can only achieve a playable frame rate on it in but a limited number of 3D games. So, Brazos users can only try to run casual or old games with low system requirements on their platform.