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    Anandtech: AMD's Zacate APU Performance Update

    It’s 12:43AM and I just got back into my hotel room. I spent the past few hours in AMD’s suite a block from IDF trying to get to the bottom of an issue we discovered in our post on AMD’s Zacate GPU performance numbers earlier this week.

    Let’s recap. Zacate is AMD’s 18W APU aimed at the mainstream notebook market (~$500 notebooks). The APU features a pair of Bobcat cores and a Cedar-class AMD DX11 GPU. Spending some time with the physical Zacate package, it seems to have a single 64-bit DDR3 memory interface ala Atom. Unlike Atom however, both the Bobcat cores and the DX11 GPU should be relatively high performance.

    Earlier this week, AMD showed us the first public demonstration of Zacate. In its suite were two systems: a Zacate test platform and a Core i5-M 520 notebook from a major OEM. Both systems were configured with 4GB of memory and were running the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Premium.


    AMD's Zacate

    The first demo we saw on Monday was the system running City of Heroes. In CoH Zacate managed to reach frame rates around 2x of what we saw on the Core i5-M 520. AMD also ran through a number of IE9 performance tests including the Psychadelic HTML5 benchmark and the Amazon Shelf test. In both of those tests, the Zacate platform was significantly faster than the Core i5-M 520. And it was those IE9 tests that seemed suspect.


    The Zacate test platform

    I didn’t think much of it at first, but Zacate managed a ~10x performance advantage in the IE9 Psychadelic benchmark. While Zacate should have a higher performance GPU, it shouldn’t be that much faster. Something was amiss.

    I borrowed a Core i5 notebook from Intel (we are at IDF after all) and ran the same tests on it. The performance was much better than what I saw in AMD’s suite. I went back to AMD to find out exactly what was going on.



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    That was a great article! Even after they fixed AMD's little red wagon by getting the drivers, AMD still delivered a superior product over the i5. Nice to see them back in the game.

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    Considering these are the low-end laptop platform chips, it could bode well for the desktop/server chips that are coming early next year. One of the commenters did make a good point too. If they were using the latest OEM drivers and had to FORCE the Intel reference drivers to work... most people wouldn't bother to take that step.

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    Anandtech: Ocosmos OCS1: Oak Trail Gaming Tablet Impressions

    We managed to catch up with Ocosmos, the people behind the OCS1 gaming tablet from Douglas Davis’ keynote this morning, and got some more information regarding the intruiging new tablet. As we noted before, it’s running Windows 7, Intel’s Oak Trail platform, two D-pads, and a screen that slides up to reveal a physical keyboard.


    Read on for more about this unique device.



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    Anandtech: Context-aware Computing, Intel Paints the Future of Devices


    Traditionally a large focus of IDF is looking at future computing trends. For the longest time the name of the game was convergence. The shift to mobility highlighted many IDF keynotes in years past. Today, in Intel's final keynote of the show, Justin Rattner began by talking about context-aware computing.

    Context-aware computing can refer to anything from your device (smartphone, PC, etc...) knowing where you are and making recommendations based on that information, or sensing what you're doing and adjusting its behavior accordingly.

    Just as convergence was the theme of IDF for several years in the past, context-aware computing is easily the next big thing. Read on for our coverage of the keynote.



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    Anandtech: Netbook and Tablet Fever at IDF 2010

    Here at IDF, Intel has been promoting the Atom platform pretty heavily, with the new dual core Atom N550 and all of the new Moorestown-based chips like the CE4200 and E6xx series. They’ve been demoing quite a few of the latest netbooks and tablets from their partners, including the OpenPeak Moorestown device we looked at on Monday, but for the most part the devices have been running Pine Trail, like the WeTab from yesterday's keynote.


    Read on to see more of what Intel has been showing off on the show floor.



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    Anandtech: CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 8500: How Far Can SLI 450's Go?

    Prohibitively expensive gaming machines are nice to look at but such a nasty hit to the wallet that they can feel impractical. We thought the recently-reviewed iBuyPower Paladin XLC was fairly reasonable for its price, but that price was still north of two large. The Gamer Xtreme 8500 from CyberPower presents an alternative somewhat friendlier to the pocketbook, boasting a formidable overclock from the factory on the processor and two brand new GeForce GTS 450's in SLI. Is it worth your gaming dollar?




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    Anandtech: Intel Light Peak - Lighting up 10 Gbps links in 2011

    We've covered Intel Light Peak in the past, and similarly other optical interconnect solutions from the chipmaker. At IDF 2010, Intel was showing off Light Peak once more, but in an increasingly polished state and with many more details about what future shipping products will look like. Previously Q4 2010 was the date, now somewhere inside 2011 is the estimate.


    We're still a ways off from seeing Light Peak connections everywhere, but unified connectivity working in the optical domain is the future. Read on for more.



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    Anandtech: When You Want A Little Gaming: The AVADirect Nano Gaming Cube

    Boutique gaming systems are usually big, fancy, ornate affairs. They're often totally extreme, marketed to the Mountain Dew set, with massive cases and bright lights. So what happens when a manufacturer goes a little off their rocker, gets a wild hair and decides to see just how much power can be crammed into a Mini-ITX case? See how AVADirect crammed an AMD Radeon HD 5870 and an Intel quad-core into a case so small and light it makes other gaming machines seem like candidates for the next season of The Biggest Loser.




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    Anandtech: A Favor, Share your AnandTech Stories

    I've been out in California for the past week for IDF, followed by some extra meetings with the usual suspects: AMD, Intel and NVIDIA. The information I gained from these meetings will show up in articles over the next few weeks, months and even years. I really enjoyed covering the show this year not only because of the information we had access to but also because of the new team members I was able to cover it with. This was the first IDF for both Brian and Vivek. AMD even made this IDF an awesome experience by giving us great access to Zacate after our initial encounter. I have to say that for the first time in a while I'm actually looking forward to the next tradeshow.


    For those of you who don't know, I don't employ any sales people at AnandTech. The company is strictly editorial. We have an exclusive advertising partner who handles all sales/marketing for the site. We own no share in them, and they own no share in us. While out here I met with our advertising agency who came to me with a request. They have a potential advertiser that wanted to know if we had any success stories from our readers to share with them. They are looking for stories about how reading something on AnandTech impacted you, particularly with regards to enterprise hardware/software decisions. While the request was for enterprise stories, I'm interested to hear them all if you've got one. Again what I'm looking for is a story about how something you read here impacted you or your hardware/software decisions in any way.

    The stories will be shared with the potential advertiser so be sure to leave out any information that you don't want public. They are simply looking for more anecdotal evidence of the impact of AnandTech. I don't like asking for favors, but if you do have a story to share I'd appreciate it.

    I'm back in the office next week, have a great weekend!


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