Test Setup / The Contenders


System 1: AMD Trinity A10-4600 (35W Quad Core) with Radeon HD 7660G

AMD Comal Reference Platform

2 x 2 GB DDR3-1600 @ 11-11-12-28

CPUID Validation Link: http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2363878


System 2: Intel Ivy Bridge (Dual Core) 2.4GHz with HD 4000

Core i7-3770K with half the cores disabled and downclocked to 2.4GHz (to emulate the i7-3517U for ultrabooks)

ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe

2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600 @ 9-9-9-24

CPUID Validation Link: http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2368926


System 3: Intel Sandy Bridge i7-2637M (17W Dual Core Ultrabook) with HD 3000

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

2 x 2 GB DDR3-1333 @ 9-9-9-24

CPUID Validation Link: http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2368932


System 4: Intel i5-450M (Year 2010 Dual Core) with Radeon HD 5650M (D)

Acer TimelineX 3820TG

2 x 2 GB DDR3-1066 @ 7-7-7-20

CPUID Validation Link: http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2368930



We regret that our roundup does not include an equivalent Llano system for comparison – all our FM1 chips and motherboards decided to become expensive paperweights in the form of multiple bent pins and blue smoke from VRM on one motherboard.

All systems were running Windows 7 SP1 (with all patches as of 12/5/2012, core parking/scheduling fixes included), latest possible drivers for all hardware components and power profile set to performance to extract maximum potential out of each test system.