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AMD Temash hands-on: basic Windows gaming on a 1080p tablet

AMD Temash hands-on: basic Windows gaming on a 1080p tablet

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AMD has a lot of confusing codenames in the stable, but here's one you might actually want to know: Temash is AMD's next tablet processor, and it looks like it could make for a solid Windows 8 experience even with PC games as part of the bargain. Near the tail-end of AMD's not-so-action-packed press conference, the company revealed that the tiny chip will have double the graphics performance of the current Hondo APU we saw in Vizio's new tablet earlier today, and proved it to us too, letting us try a Wistron-built reference tablet running DiRT Showdown at full 1080p resolution on the quad-core Temash APU. Admittedly that's far from the most demanding game out there, and it wasn't running at a particularly high framerate either, but it seems like AMD's low-power silicon has made a sizable jump in performance.

AMD also detailed the new Kabini chips for ultrathin laptops — or relatively chunky tablets, depending. Here, we're looking at a 50 percent performance boost over the previous generation (Brazos 2.0) for the quad-core system on chip, along with a battery life of 10 hours whenever you're not actually using the tablet. AMD measures battery life with the system completely idle, which makes it difficult to judge whether that's a worthy amount.

Last but not least, the mainstream Richland processors for desktops and standard laptops should get a 20 to 40 percent performance boost over the ones in circulation right now, and the company has a new series of mobile GPUs, the Radeon HD 8000M, with a 25 percent performance boost and more streamlined, seamless switching for AMD's switchable graphics. Richland, Kabini and Temash should appear in computers in the first half of the year, followed by Kaveri in the second half of 2013.