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

By Andrei Girbea , updated on April 8, 2021

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 VX6SAsus EEE PC 1215BAsus Lamborghini VX6
ProcessorIntel Atom CedarTrail D2700 2.13 GHzAMD Zacate E350 1.66 GHzIntel Atom PineTrail D525 1.83 GHz
GraphicsAMD Radeon 6470MRadeon HD 631016 Cudas Nvidia ION
ChipsetIntel NM10A50M Hudson M1Intel NM10
Memory4 GB DDR34GB DDR34GB DDR3
HDD320 GB 2.5″ 5400rpm320GB 2.5″ 5400 rpm320GB 2.5″ 5400 rpm
OSWindows 7 HPWindows 7 HPWindows 7 HP
Full review hereFull 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.

Our more recent performance guides are available over here on Ultrabookreview.com, and if you’re interested in low-power platforms, you’ll most likely also appreciate our article on the fanless ultraportable available these days.

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

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at TLBHD.com. This project was born as part of my search for capable mini-laptops that I could easily lug around to work, and still provide the performance that I'd need on a daily basis. I'm primarily using such ultracompact devices and have been testing them since 2006.
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Bb

what about the E450?

Anonymous

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?

Feikname

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

Anonymous

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

Ben Hobbs

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

KB

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.

Ronaldtera

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

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