Feeds
10%

AMD Fusion for Gaming

Fusion debuts... as a software system speed booster

Reducing security risks from open source software

You need to have Overdrive installed on your PC, which in turn means that you need an AMD CPU, chipset and graphics card, and goes hand-in-hand with AMD's Catalyst drivers. There's no obvious reason why AMD Boost should require a specific make of CPU as it works with the OS, but AMD has clearly decided that its software will only work with its chips. Ironically, we found that Fusion worked correctly with the Phenom X4 9850 but refused to start when we installed an Athlon X2 4850e.

AMD Fusion For Gaming

Finished gaming, your apps restart

The Expert profile not only shuts down superfluous software but also overclocks the CPU, chipset, graphics and speeds hard drive access but the difference that we saw in performance was absolutely negligible.

As the process is dynamic, we can’t be sure what FFG is doing to the clock speeds but we achieved far greater results by raising the CPU speed in OverDrive and then cranking up the graphics core and memory in Catalyst. In other words, the manual approach worked like a dream but it took a certain amount of work.

The big problem is that many of the apps FFG shuts down make such a small impact on your system - they pop up, grab a couple of CPU cycles of the 2,500,000 available each second, then go back to sleep - that they simply don't impede performance.

No doubt there is scope for Fusion to change before it comes out of Beta to work on the overclocking side of things, but for now this so-called utility appears entirely useless. We hope it's not a sign of what we can expect from the real Fusion.

Verdict

We like the idea of a one-click application that gets your PC ready for gaming but as things stand there’s room for improvement. Lots of room...

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

10%

AMD Fusion for Gaming

Just an attempt to promote the Fusion brand? Since this tool doesn't boost system performance to any great extent, it may as well be.
Price: Free RRP

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.