Tom's Hardware got a prototype notebook featuring the new quad-core A4-5000 with Radeon HD 8300 graphics, and benchmarked it versus a Pentium B960-based Acer Aspire V3 and a Core-i3-based HP Pavillion Sleekbook 15. While Kabini proves more efficient, and features more powerful graphics than the Pentium, it comes up short in CPU-heavy tasks. What's more, the Core-i3 matches the A4-5000 in power efficiency while its HD 4000 graphics completely outpace the APU.
Although AMD has Kabini poised against Intel's Pentium line, notebooks featuring Core-i3s can be had for just around $50 more. And this is Ivy Bridge that was tested. With Intel's own launch just around the bend, the company will be improving efficiency in the upper-end of the spectrum with Haswell, meanwhile increasing performance on the lower-end with Silvermont-based Atoms. Unfortunately, it appears that Intel could very well manage to lock-in the low-end, just as they've done in the enthusiast segment.
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