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Intel employee slates AMD's upcoming mobile Griffin CPU

by Tarinder Sandhu on 1 April 2008, 09:23

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The next-generation laptop war will begin in earnest in Q2 when Intel and AMD ship their Centrino 2 (Montevina) and Puma platforms, respectively.

Both promise significantly enhanced 3D performance from the chipsets' IGP, greater battery life, and better wireless connectivity.

AMD's Puma, detailed here, will ship with the mobile version of its excellent 780G chipset, enabling users to play the latest games, at reasonable resolutions, with acceptable frame-rates. Take a look at our Puma vs. Centrino video to see why AMD's happy.

Whilst at IDF 2008 at Shanghai, an Intel employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, was reminded of the fact that AMD finally has a compelling mobile platform to put up against the fifth-generation Centrino platform. They responded with the following statement: 'it's easy to hide behind graphics when their (AMD's) mobile processors are rubbish in comparison to ours'.

Do you happen to agree with this acerbic statement? How important do you view the processor in a mobile environment? What's more important, graphics performance or CPU power in a mid-sized laptop? We'd love to hear your thoughts, folks.


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Having suffered the 945GM Express Chipset in my laptop for the bast 9 months or so while running an external 24" monitor I greatly welcome better low power graphics.

If AMD can do to laptops what they did to HTPCs with the 780GM then it's all good.
They responded with 'it's easy to hide behind graphics when their (AMD's) mobile processors are rubbish in comparison to ours'.

Theres no point having a decent CPU if the rest of the chipset isnt there to support it.
Imagine if you would a Ferrari engine in a Mini....
Hmm, what is today? :P
'[GSV
Trig;1380012']Theres no point having a decent CPU if the rest of the chipset isnt there to support it.
Imagine if you would a Ferrari engine in a Mini....


Imagine having Mini Engine in a Ferrari

works both ways (Bottleneck...) :rolleyes:
But it has to be in perspective.

If we are using engines in a Ferrari, how about saying a 5L vs a 5.2L? I think that would be more accurate.

(a mini engine being an old 486 chip which obviously wouldn't work)

Sure the Intel platform may beat the AMD in benchmarks, but if Aero and HD playback runs smooth and well because of decent acceleration (and not beating the battery because of high processor usage) then that, to me is probably more important.