For years, AMD processors are being termed as underrated ones with a cheap and cheerful manner. There are many reasons to look out for AMD, frequently picked in budget gaming guides and these processors also perform better than Intel. But the latest AMD APU, named Carrizo, might be the battery sipping, gaming-friendly saviour. Due out sometimes later this year, Carrizo might be seen in the mid-range laptops that cost between $400 and $800. Carrizo don’t have the fanciest silicon inside nor have a discrete graphics card. This Processor is aiming at large group of customers with two big changes: Vastly better battery life over the previous generation processors and powerful integrated graphics which support highly end games. The below are the benchmark scores of the AMD’s processors with the Intel Processors
Carrizo is an accelerated processing unit, meaning it crams CPU and GPU cores into one unit — in this case, four CPU cores and eight GPU cores manufactured using a 28nm process. If AMD’s numbers are to be believed, the battery life increases are impressive: double the video playback time over AMD’s last-generation processor. In part, that’s thanks to the lower power consumption, but AMD has also used clever tricks to reduce power usage for specific tasks: a full High Efficiency Video Coding pipeline makes playing back video far more efficient (and pretty), while AMD has optimized Carrizo for DirectX 12, which helps those gaming benchmarks. AMD’s reveal of Carrizo certainly makes it seem like a slam-dunk: a processor that improves performance whilst simultaneously improving battery life is basically the holy grail of mobile computing. Whether those promises stack up in the real world — and stack up against Intel’s latest and greatest — remains to be seen. But taken at face value, it seems like AMD might’ve made a chip that people actually want.