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Performance in Everyday Tasks

General Performance

As usual, we use Bapco SYSmark 2012 suite to estimate the processor performance in general-purpose tasks. It emulates the usage models in popular office and digital content creation and processing applications. The idea behind this test is fairly simple: it produces a single score characterizing the average computer performance in different tasks.

As we see, AMD Fusion processors do really poorly in traditional tasks. The fastest quad-core Socket Fm1 AMD processor, A8-3850, barely surpasses the dual-core Pentium G620 that only costs half as much. All other members of the AMD A8, A6 and A4 families are hopelessly behind Intel products. In fact, this is pretty logical outcome considering that Llano processor use old microarchitecture from Phenom II and Athlon II. Until AMD introduces processor cores with higher specific performance, even their quad-core APUs will have very hard time competing against current and regularly updated Intel offerings.

Let’s take a closer look at the performance scores SYSmark 2012 generates in different usage scenarios.

Office Productivity scenario emulates typical office tasks, such as text editing, electronic tables processing, email and Internet surfing. This scenario uses the following applications: ABBYY FineReader Pro 10.0, Adobe Acrobat Pro 9, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Word 2010 and WinZip Pro 14.5.

Media Creation scenario emulates the creation of a video clip using previously taken digital images and videos. Here they use popular Adobe suites: Photoshop CS5 Extended, Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5.

Web Development is a scenario emulating web-site designing. It uses the following applications: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Mozilla Firefox 3.6.8 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.

Data/Financial Analysis scenario is devoted to statistical analysis and prediction of market trends performed in Microsoft Excel 2010.

3D Modeling scenario is fully dedicated to 3D objects and rendering of static and dynamic scenes using Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Autodesk 3ds Max 2011, Autodesk AutoCAD 2011 and Google SketchUp Pro 8.

The last scenario called System Management creates backups and installs software and updates. It involves several different versions of Mozilla Firefox Installer and WinZip Pro 14.5.

The only type of applications where AMD Fusion processors deliver acceptable performance is 3D modeling and rendering. The number of cores matters in tasks like that and quad-core A8 and A6 processors are able to work faster than Intel Pentium, for instance. However, they still can’t catch up with Core i3 CPU supporting Hyper-Threading even in the most favorable conditions.

 
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