Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Apr 2014 21:50 UTC

AMD claims that the microarchitectural improvements in Jaguar will yield 15% higher IPC and 10% higher clock frequency, versus the previous generation Bobcat. Given the comprehensive changes to the microarchitecture, shown in Figure 7, and the additional pipeline stages, this is a plausible claim. Jaguar is a much better fit than Bobcat for SoCs, given the shift to AVX compatibility, wider data paths, and the inclusive L2 cache, which simplifies system architecture considerably.

Some impressive in-depth reporting on the architecture which powers, among other things, the current generation of game consoles.

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RE: Wow
by Ultimatebadass on Wed 2nd Apr 2014 07:26 UTC in reply to "Wow"
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Why the downvotes? You're right. Compared to a average gaming PC the specs of the "next-gen" consoles are nothing to write home about. They can't even do full 1080p in more graphics intensive games (BF4 for example). It's the first generation we can mostly compare to normal PCs since they're just x86 chips with mid-range AMD graphics and a few nifty tricks thrown in (shared memory or the sram in xbone).

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RE[2]: Wow
by Beta on Wed 2nd Apr 2014 10:29 in reply to "RE: Wow"
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Why the downvotes?

The insinuation wasn’t that the hardware is underpowered relative to ‘average gaming PC’ but that AMD being the chip maker was the reason.

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RE[3]: Wow
by bassbeast on Thu 3rd Apr 2014 04:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Wow"
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Exactly which is ironic as the benches have been rigged for quite awhile now. look up "Intel Cripple compiler" to see how any bench that doesn't list what both it and its components were compiled with is about as trustworthy as the old geforce FX benchmarks. Remember Quack.exe?

As for the jaguar? If its even better than the bobcat its a real winner. i have been building low power media tanks with the E350 Bobcat boards and it does 1080P over HDMI, has no problem doing basic web and office work (its a GREAT way to upgrade a Pentium 4 system on the cheap, less than $100 USD can turn an old power piggie P4 into a power sipping dual core) and as far as gaming? Just look up "gaming on E350" on Youtube for videos of everything from Crysis 2 to the Portal series running just fine on the Bobcat, with lowered graphical detail of course, it was made for low power HD, not gaming.

As for comparing it to a modern PC? No contest, I'd take my AMD hexacore any day over a jaguar but you have to remember with consoles its a trade off, most home users would balk at a console that used 95w on the CPU and 105w on the GPU like my desktop does, not to mention having enough cooling in a small console case would be problematic. But any way you slice it that Jag looks to be a great chip and I can't wait until the jaguar duals and quads hit the channel in earnest. so far the only one we've seen here in the states is a jaguar quad motherboard for $150 but it sells out as fast as they can get 'em.

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