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AMD Zacate E-240 processor

January 1st, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

AMD’s E-Series Zacate E-240 was one of the two fusion processors from AMD released in Q1, 2011, the Zacate E-350 being the first one. AMD calls them APU or the Accelerated Processing Unit, which combines the CPU and the GPU.
able : AMD Zacate E-240 Features and Specs

Feature AMD Zacate E-240
Core Frequency 1.5 GHz
No. Of Cores 2
Cache Organization 64KB L1 512KB L2
Turbo Frequency No Turbo
TDP Rating 18 Watts
64 Bit Support Y
Lithography 40nm
Integrated Memory Controller Yes
Integrated Graphics Yes, Radeon HD6310


Table : AMD Zacate E-240 Benchmarking

Benchmarks AMD Zacate E-240
PassMark Score 364
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better) 120 seconds
3D Mark 06 CPU 500
Windows 7 Experience Score 2.5

While the E-350 is a dual core CPU the E-240 is a single core, and obviously we are expecting a lower processor performance here. Moreover the clock frequency of the E-240 is 1.5 GHz ( the dual core E-350 has 1.6 GHz). The Zacate APUs has 512 KB of L2 cache attached to its processor. So while we have a total of 1 MB (512 KB for each of the two core) L2 cache for E-350, the Zacate E-240 has only 512KB total L2 Cache.

The E-240 still expects to give out decent graphics performance. As pointed out some pre production testing and benchmarkings, especially by Anandtech, E-240 and E-350 have been found to have significantly improved graphics performance. The E-240 expects to give competition to the Intel Atom processors. And while AMD may not succeed in winning the race in the processor performance, its graphics performance should beat the Intel’s line of low cost processor.

In the meanwhile, Intel is honing up its Sandy Bridge processors. AMD’s gamep plan for Zacate processors is to make them part of the low cost netbooks and notebooks in $400 to $500. Both the Sandy Bridge and the Zacate processors are expected to be part of the 2011 CES show in Las Vegas.

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