Tuesday, December 28th 2010

MSI Readies AMD Brazos-Powered Wind 12-inch Notebook

MSI jumped on the AMD Fusion "Brazos" bandwagon by showing off its first implementation based on the new platform. The company held a press-meet in Taipei well ahead of CES in hopes of giving its latest creation some exclusive exposure ahead of the mega event. The Wind U270 from MSI, is a 12-inch ultra-portable driven by AMD Fusion "Zacate" E-350 dual-core accelerated processing unit (APU), the x86-64 processor cores are clocked at 1.60 GHz, and feature the latest instruction sets. The APU embeds AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics that's DirectX 11 compliant, featuring UVD 3.0 video acceleration. The third key component is 4 GB of DDR3 memory.

The Wind U270 uses MSI's tried and tested 12-inch Wind chassis with Chiclet keyboard. Other hardware specifications include 320 GB (500 GB optional) hard drive based storage, WiFi b/g/n, gigabit Ethernet, display connectivity that includes D-Sub, and HDMI; two USB 3.0 ports, card reader, and VGA webcam. Although battery life isn't mentioned, the notebook features an Eco mode that conserves power.

Source: Netbooknews
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14 Comments on MSI Readies AMD Brazos-Powered Wind 12-inch Notebook

#1
Over_Lord
News Editor
The price, it's the decisive factor
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#2
Paintface
i wonder when the ITX versions are out
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#3
bogie
"The APU embeds AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics that's DirectX 11 compliant"

I am wondering if we will be able to play fps games on these gfx? I would like to see some benchmarks or have an idea how powerful they will be?
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I wouldn't expect huge performance numbers like on discrete parts but AMD has said and shown on some videos that they can play some good games at respectable frames. What those are I have no idea.
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#5
bogie
So long as I can get playable framerates i'll be happy, you dont have to have all the detail cranked up on a netbook!
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#6
Melvis
by: WarEagleAU
I wouldn't expect huge performance numbers like on discrete parts but AMD has said and shown on some videos that they can play some good games at respectable frames. What those are I have no idea.
What i saw it was able to run AVP in DX11 so thats pretty dam good i think.

Great to see these starting to come out, looking forward to even more powerful ones in the future.

These will murder eee netbooks
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#7
Mussels
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by: bogie
"The APU embeds AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics that's DirectX 11 compliant"

I am wondering if we will be able to play fps games on these gfx? I would like to see some benchmarks or have an idea how powerful they will be?
I'm more interested in UVD3.0 and how it will help media playback
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#8
Over_Lord
News Editor
by: bogie
"The APU embeds AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics that's DirectX 11 compliant"

I am wondering if we will be able to play fps games on these gfx? I would like to see some benchmarks or have an idea how powerful they will be?
Radeon HD5450
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#9
Wile E
Power User
I'm most interested in 1080p playback and battery life with a product like this.
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#11
largon
It's Llano with two "L"s, not Liano.
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#12
wiak
The Wind U270 uses MSI's tried and tested 12-inch Wind chassis with Chiclet keyboard. Other hardware specifications include 320 GB (500 GB optional) hard drive based storage, WiFi b/g/n, gigabit Ethernet, display connectivity that includes D-Sub, and HDMI; two USB 3.0 ports, card reader, and VGA webcam. Although battery life isn't mentioned, the notebook features an Eco mode that conserves power.

AMD Fusion "Zacate" E-350 dual-core accelerated processing unit (APU), the x86-64 processor cores are clocked at 1.60 GHz, and feature the latest instruction sets. The APU embeds AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics that's DirectX 11 compliant, featuring UVD 3.0 video acceleration. The third key component is 4 GB of DDR3 memory.

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#13
ToTTenTranz
The only problem with this platform is the chocked memory bandwidth. There's a single-channel DDR3 link for the entire APU (CPU+GPU), so the gaming performance could end up behind the current Dual-Core Atom + ION2 offerings.

Battery life should be a lot better than the latter, though.
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#14
wiak
by: ToTTenTranz
The only problem with this platform is the chocked memory bandwidth. There's a single-channel DDR3 link for the entire APU (CPU+GPU), so the gaming performance could end up behind the current Dual-Core Atom + ION2 offerings.

Battery life should be a lot better than the latter, though.
dont the atom also have a single channel on a front slow bus?
you have to remember that amd cpus all since opteron from 2003 has no front slow bus

amd brazos plaform has DX11 GPU that has DirectCompute/OpenCL support, a out-of-order cpu, built in blu-ray hardware decoding

in the same size as intel atom, am pretty sure someone would forgive amd to be a little slower on gpu when there is not that many gaming on their netboks :P
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