Intel Graphics GPGPU Performance

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Why test GPGPU performance Intel Core Graphics? Laptops (and tablets) are still in fashion with desktops largely left to PC game enthusiasts and workstations for big compute workloads; most laptops (and all tablets) make due with integrated graphics with few dedicated graphics options mainly for mobile PC gamers. As a … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 1700X Review & Benchmarks – 2-channel DDR4 Cache & Memory Performance

What is “Ryzen”? “Ryzen” (code-name ZP aka “Zeppelin”) is the latest generation CPU from AMD (2017) replacing the previous “Vishera”/”Bulldozer” designs for desktop and server platforms. An APU version with an integrated (GP)GPU will be launched later (Ryzen2) and likely include a few improvements as well. This is the “make … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 1700X Review & Benchmarks – CPU 8-core/16-thread Performance

What is “Ryzen”? “Ryzen” (code-name ZP aka “Zeppelin”) is the latest generation CPU from AMD (2017) replacing the previous “Vishera”/”Bulldozer” designs for desktop and server platforms. An APU version with an integrated (GP)GPU will be launched later (Ryzen2) and likely include a few improvements as well. This is the “make … Read more…

AMD A4 “Mullins” APU CPU: Time does not stand still…

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What is “Mullins”? “Mullins” (ML) is the next generation A4 “APU” SoC from AMD (v2 2015) replacing the current A4 “Kaveri” (KV) SoC which was AMD’s major foray into tablets/netbooks replacing the older “Brazos” E-Series APUs. While still at a default 15W TDP, it can be “powered down” for lower … Read more…

AMD A4 “Mullins” APU GPGPU (Radeon R4): Time does not stand still…

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What is “Mullins”? “Mullins” (ML) is the next generation A4 “APU” SoC from AMD (v2 2015) replacing the current A4 “Kaveri” (KV) SoC which was AMD’s major foray into tablets/netbooks replacing the older “Brazos” E-Series APUs. While still at a default 15W TDP, it can be “powered down” for lower … Read more…

Intel Atom X7 (CherryTrail 2015) CPU: Closing on Core M?

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What is CherryTrail (Braswell)? “CherryTrail” (CYT) is the next generation Atom “APU” SoC from Intel (v3 2015) replacing the current Z3000 “BayTrail” (BYT) SoC which was Intel’s major foray into tablets (both Windows & Android). The “desktop” APUs are known as “Braswell” (BRS) while the APUs for other platforms have … Read more…

Intel Atom X7 (CherryTrail 2015) GPGPU: Closing on Core M?

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What is CherryTrail (Braswell)? “CherryTrail” (CYT) is the next generation Atom “APU” SoC from Intel (v3 2015) replacing the current Z3000 “BayTrail” (BYT) SoC which was Intel’s major foray into tablets (both Windows & Android). The “desktop” APUs are known as “Braswell” (BRS) while the APUs for other platforms have … Read more…

ARM big.LITTLE: The trouble with heterogeneous multi-processing: when 4 are better than 8 (or when 8 is not always the “lucky” number)

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What is big.LITTLE? ARM’s big.LITTLE arch made big waves on launch way back in 2011; it was heralded as a great way to combine performance with power: a “big” (computationally powerful but power hungry) core was to be coupled with a “LITTLE” (slow but low-power) core – and switched as … Read more…

Mali T760 GPGPU (Exynos 5433 SoC): FP64 Champion – Adreno Killer?

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What is Mali? What is Exynos? “Mali” is the name of ARM’s own “standard” GPU cores that complement the standard CPU cores (Cortex). Many ARM CPU licensors integrate GPU cores from other vendors in their SoCs, e.g. Imagination, Vivante, Adreno rather than the default Mali. Mali Series 700 is the … Read more…

Exynos 5433 64-bit Cortex A57/A53: Krait Killer?

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What is Exynos? “Exynos” is the family of mobile SoCs from Samsung; the CPU cores in the modern versions are Qualcomm’s own “Krait” (though some are standard ARM Cortex cores) while the (GP)GPU core is Qualcomm’s own “Adreno” – unlike competing ARM SoCs which generally contain standard ARM CPU and … Read more…