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What do all these benchmarks mean?

To put things into simple perspective.

The AMD 2011 system has much power on tap and the flexibility to apply this power to give good performance in various types of applications but lacks raw speed. From what we have seen of AMD's product design and marketing approach with their 'Fusion' brand this seems to have been the idea all along.

The AMD system needs faster CPU and Graphics clock speed to give it the edge over Intel outright.

The INTEL 2011 system is faster, significantly faster in some specific applications but lacks overall power. Due to its relatively weak (but much improved over previous Intel Graphics) graphics it does poorly in some applications.

The Intel system needs a much more powerful graphics solution plus the ability for the CPU and GPU to work together in a seamless fashion for it to have the edge over AMD outright.

Both systems are the same price, If we add graphics to the Intel platform that is faster that what it already can do this adds another $75-$100 on top of the purchase price. The AMD system already has a GPU so no additional purchase is necessary, However the AMD A8 has a price premium over the Intel i3 but only enough for a small graphics card. Given the improvement Intel 2011 graphics has other previous generations the purchase of a $20-$40 graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD will not give much benefit unless the user has specific applications or games which require either brand of GPU to be used.

We can see the significance and boost good graphics gives a PC by comparing the benchmark scores achieved by the AMD and INTEL systems against those achieved by the INTEL Core2Duo system with NVIDIA GTX460 graphics.

Benchmark Summary

CategoryApplication/TestTest WinnerCategory Winner
Software Installation Acrobat Installation
iTunes Installation
Live essentials Installation
Intel
Intel
AMD
Intel
Math/CPU Performance HyperPI
wPrime
Intel
AMD
Tie
File Archiving 7-Zip
WinRAR
AMD
Intel
Tie
Overall System Performance WEI
Pcmark Vantage
Pcmark 7
Performancetest 7
Sandra 11
Power Consumption
AMD
Intel
Intel
Intel
Intel
Tie*
Intel
Disk Performance SATA 3 Performance
USB 3 Performance
USB 2 Performance
AMD
AMD
Intel
AMD
Multimedia iTunes
WMP12
Movie Maker
MediaEspresso
Handbrake
x264
Intel
AMD
Intel
Intel
AMD
AMD
Tie
3D Games Furmark
3Dmark 01
3Dmark 03
3Dmark 05
3Dmark 06
3Dmark vantage
3Dmark 11
Dirt2
Dirt3
Trackmania
HAWX2
LostPlanet2
Resident Evil 5
GTAIV
Just Cause 2
Deus Ex:Human Revolution
Duke Nukem Forever
StreetFighter4
World In Conflict
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
AMD
Web Browsing/Internet Peacekeeper
IE Testdrive
webVIzBench
Intel
AMD
Intel
Intel
Professional Graphics/Digital Content Creation Specviewperf11
Cinebench10 CPU
Cinebench10 OpenGL
Cinebench11 CPU
CInebench11 OpenGL
Photoshop CS5
AMD
Intel
AMD
AMD
AMD
Intel
AMD

* Systems with different capabilities will exhibit different ratios of performance per watt. Intel may use less power in some tests but it also exhibts less performance per watt and AMD greater performance per what

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