AMD announce Hondo chips- for Windows 8 tablets that can play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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AMD has announced its new Z-60 “Hondo” APU which combines a x86 dual-core chip with a Radeon HD 6250 GPU in a low-powered package designed for Windows 8 tablets.

AMD claims the chip will allow tablets to pay Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at 1024×768 resolution and 30 fps, and be cheaper than equivalent Intel (presumably ATOM) chips.

There is a price however, with the chipset drawing 4.5W vs  1.7W from the Intel Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chipset, which translates into 6 vs 8 hours battery life and 2 vs 3 weeks of standby time from a 30 Wh battery.

The higher power chip also needs more cooling, resulting in a 10mm thick tablets vs 8.5mm for the Clovertrail processor.

The Z-60 offers support for full HD 1080p resolution, HDMI output for external displays, and Microsoft Direct X 11 support.

The first tablets based on the AMD Z-60 APU are expected to launch globally this year in conjunction with availability of Windows 8.

Given the plusses and minuses of the chips, will our readers chose the more powerful but shorter battery life AMD tablets over the sleeker and longer lasting but slower Intel Clovertrail tablets? Let us know below.


  • Jeroen Heijster

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is not the same as Call of Duty II

  • Daniel

    Even the iPhone has better results at the GLBenchmark:

    • just

      Can iPhone play Call of Duty II or 2?

    • hatedknight

      We are talking full on game not a mobile version so iPhone isn’t even close to as good as a win tablet. Sorry but it’s true. Now test it with world of Warcraft and I am sold 😉

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      You dont even know what youa re talking about :) i feel bad for you… obviously in iphone any game would run good as it is optimized for that hardware… you know something about game development? im sure you dont. but its not like they just click a button and automatically the game wil be the same FULL Windows version to a Mobile game.

  • jimbo

    In fairness though the statement is still true, if it plays Modern Warfare 2 I’m sure it’ll play COD II!

  • Bugbog

    Having owned the Acer W500 running the AMD C60 APU chip, I’d have to say no.

    Whilst the C60 may be two years behind the current curve, I’m not so sure I’d go for another AMD chip. The C60 ran hot, was somewhat slow, vented quite often, or continuously if you were playing video, and had terrible battery life.

  • koenshaku

    I really don’t think I would play games on my tablet, but I wouldn’t be using a clover fail atom in my tablet either. I don’t know why the tegra 3 was tossed in there because that is an ARM chipset isn’t it? Anyway I will take an I5 or I7 in a microsoft surface or an Asus zenbook with touch screen. ^^

  • Mr.InTernaTionaL

    Now all they have to do is come out with a wonderful design for a tablet,,