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Intel Atom D2700 vs Atom D525(ION2) vs AMD E350 APU – benchmark comparisons

By Andrei Girbea - @ andreigirbea , updated on May 19, 2012

Having the new Asus VX6S for tests these days, which brings the new Intel D2700 Atom processor, part of the Cedar Trail line, I thought it would be a good idea to have a quick comparison of this new platform with the previous Atom one found on 12 inchers and the AMD Zacate APUs.

Luckily, Asus has devices built on all these three configurations, so that makes a fairly powerful testing ground, as overall all these notebooks are pretty much the same, except for the hardware you get inside. And even better, I’ve tested them all here on the site.

Thus, in this post you will find some comparisons between the results I got on all these three 12 inch EEE PCs, or you can call it a comparison between the Intel Atom D2700 (with AMD graphics), Intel Atom D525 with ION2 graphics and the AMD E350 Zacate APU.

Before getting to the actual results though, let’s have a quick look over the specs of the three 12 inch mini laptops we’re comparing here, in the table below:


Asus Lamborghini VX6S Asus EEE PC 1215B Asus Lamborghini VX6
Processor Intel Atom CedarTrail D2700 2.13 GHz AMD Zacate E350 1.66 GHz Intel Atom PineTrail D525 1.83 GHz
Graphics AMD Radeon 6470M Radeon HD 6310 16 Cudas Nvidia ION
Chipset Intel NM10 A50M Hudson M1 Intel NM10
Memory 4 GB DDR3 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3
HDD 320 GB 2.5″ 5400rpm 320GB 2.5″ 5400 rpm 320GB 2.5″ 5400 rpm
OS Windows 7 HP Windows 7 HP Windows 7 HP
Full review here Full review here

By clicking the review buttons, you’ll get more details on each of them.

We’ll start with some CPU related comparisons. I’ve ran PCMark 05, PCMark Vantage, PCMark 07 and standard Cinebench 11.5 CPU tests on all three platforms and the results are in the pictures below (if there’s a 0 in there, that means i haven’t run that particular test on that unit).

PCmark05

PCmark05

PCmark Vantage

PCmark Vantage

PCmark 07

PCmark 07

Cinebench 11.5 CPU test

Cinebench 11.5 CPU test

Besides these, there are also some other results that test the platforms as a whole and the graphics, with Windows 7 Rating, 3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 11. Check them out below.

Windows 7 Rating

Windows 7 Rating

3DMark 06

3DMark 06

3DMark Vantage Entry

3DMark Vantage Entry

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark 11

3DMark 11

CineBench 11.5 - OpenGL

CineBench 11.5 - OpenGL

So, what do all these numbers say?

Before testing the Asus VX6S and the new Intel Atom platform, I was pretty sure AMD had almost no competition in the 11.6 – 12 inch segment, not in the 400-450 bucks price range at least. But now, the game has changed. The D2700 Atom + AMD Radeon 6470M combo does step up the game and manages to surpass both the current AMD APUs (yes, there’s also the newer AMD E-450 to be considered, but this platform will beat that one as well, based on some of the tests we’ve seen) and the previous generation Atom + ION Combo, both in terms of GPU and CPU power. And while the Lambo will for sure go $500+, a future EEE PC 1215N successor (when available) will offer a more advantageous price tag.

AMD vs Intel  - another round in the battle for mini laptops

AMD vs Intel - another round in the battle for mini laptops

All these are Synthetic tests and the platform is yet to prove itself in practice. But stay tuned, I will tell you more about multimedia and everyday use performances in my Asus Lamborghini VX6S review.

Of course, the extra speed comes with one lack: less battery life. Since you don’t have switchable graphics anymore, I’m pretty sure autonomy won’t be stellar on this configuration. And my tests actually proved that you’ll only get around 4 hours of life out of the new Lambo, which is not bad, but not that good either for an 11.6 inch mini laptop.

If you’re interested in more benchmarks, you should also see my reviews for the Asus 1025CE and the Asus 1225C, both with Intel Atom CedarTrail N2800 processors. There’s the Atom N2800 vs Atom N570 comparison as well and this post will tell you more about the Atom N2600 processor, in a short comparison with Atom N550 and AMD C50, all platforms meant for 10-12 inch low-power mini laptops and netbooks.

That’s it for now, but I’m looking for your feedback and opinions, so please drop a line using the comments section below.

Andrei Girbea, aka "Mike", Editor-in-Chief at TLBHD.com. I absolutely hate carrying around heavy stuff, that's why I'm fond of mini-laptops and portable computers. I'm primarily using such devices and have been testing them for many years now. Get in touch in the comments section below.

9 Comments

  1. 台南的天氣很好喲~~

    October 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    So a netbook coupled with AMD discrete 6470M compares a Fusion APU without discreted GPU?

  2. Bb

    October 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    what about the E450?

    • Anonymous

      October 19, 2011 at 12:29 am

      Really the performance is no greater from the e-350 to the e-450(1.6 to 1.66 ghz) in terms of the CPU, the C-60 though, that is quite an upgrade from the C-50 and still at 9W. The real AMD competition at this level will be coming with the refresh of Wichita and Krishna, the Deccan series at 28nm, expect another atom tromping then.

      Question, This new atom chip is still in order execute, no?

  3. Feikname

    October 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    How do these new benchmarks compare to the older generation of Atom-powered netbooks, like the Toshhiba 205 or the Asus EEE-pc?

  4. Anonymous

    October 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Curious on the battery life with and Intel atom and AMD GPU.

  5. Ben Hobbs

    October 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I wonder how the AMD comapres to the ION platform for media centre purposes in net top form.

    • Mike

      October 17, 2012 at 12:33 am

      They are both OK, the ION platforms are a bit snappier, but once you get the movie playing, they will both work fine

  6. KB

    December 28, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Just remember that any benchmarks that were compiled with the Intel compiled WILL be rigged, look up “Intel compiler rigged AMD” to see what I mean. For those that don’t know every program compiled with the Intel compiler will look for the “Genuine Intel” CPUID and if it doesn’t find it will throw ALL math down to X87 codepaths which is over 20 years old and depreciated by everybody. This rigging gives a big advantage to any Intel CPU as it will get full SSE support while the AMD gets the much slower X87.

    So if you want to run benchmarks it would be wise to ask the company who created the benchmark which compiler they are using and if they say Intel don’t use that benchmark as it’ll be rigged.

  7. Ronaldtera

    December 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    My name is Ronald. Am new here. Am getting a lot of help from this forum.

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