AMD Demos Zacate

Alan Fackler

AMD’s next-generation APU will kick the ass of Core i5, the company said and demonstrated Monday – the opening day of Intel’s Developer Forum conference.

AMD publically lifted the veil on the Zacate Accelerated Processor Unit on Monday. Zacate fuses the guts of a traditional CPU with the guts of a GPU. The result of that hard work, AMD said, is a chip that consumes from 9-18 watts and out performs existing Core i5 chips in gaming. The company showed Zacate  running City of Heroes: Going Rogue running like butter on a mobile development platform.

When integrated into a notebook, AMD said a $500 Zacate-based laptop will outperform an $800 Intel Core i5-based computer. The company also demonstrated the same 2.4GHz Core i5 M240 choking on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 performance demo while the Zacate could smoothly run several of the demos with 3 to 4 times the frame rate of the Intel part with integrated graphics.

AMD said notebooks using Zacate are expected to ship at end of the year to OEMs with the first products for sale early next year. It should be noted that the demo mostly demonstrates the graphics prowess of Zacate against the recognized anemic graphics performance of Intel’s Arrandale core.

Intel itself was busy detailing its next generation Sandy Bridge chip which is expected to overclock the compute cores higher than existing chips and will also overclock the graphics cores higher.

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