AMD’s next-generation low power processors, code-named Temash and Kabini are due out in the first half of 2013. While we’re waiting for those chips to arrive, AMD is giving its last-generation of laptop chips a slight spec bump.
The AMD website now lists two new chips as part of the Brazos 2.0 family, the AMD E1-1500 and AMD E2-2000.
These new processors are very slight updates over the 2012-era E1-1200 and E2-1800, with slightly faster CPU speeds and small bumps in graphics speeds.
Like their predecessors, the new chips are dual-core processors with 1MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 18 watts.
The new E2-2000 has a CPU speed of 1.75 GHz and a graphics clock speed of 700 MHz, which is a small improvement over the E2-1800 which ran at 1.7 GHz and had graphics which ranged from 523 MHz to 680 MHz. Both chips support DDR3 memory speeds of 1333 MHz.
Meanwhile the new E1-1500 runs at 1.48 GHz and has graphics clocked at 529 MHz. The older E1-1200 was clocked at 1.4 GHz and had 500 MHz graphics. Both feature support for 1066 MHz memory.
While it’s nice to see AMD giving these processors any spec bump at all… the odds that you’ll be able to see a perceptive difference in performance are pretty poor. I wouldn’t recommend upgrading your existing Brazos 2.0 machine to a new model. But if you’re in the market for a new laptop, I suppose it’s nice that you’ll soon be able to find one that’s about 3-percent faster than last year’s model… maybe.