Excerpt: I really struggle to get excited about AMD CPUs these days. It's not that they're bad or anything like that, but it just feels like there's no excitement coming from AMD's end and that transfers over to us. I found myself excited when we saw Llano come out last year, but after the initial launch of the new APU from AMD, we really didn't hear much else, and that was disappointing.
Summary: Who hasn't heard about the following phrase? The Future is Fusion ! Unless you have been living under a rock for the last years, this AMD marketing slogan was pretty much everywhere. AMD wanted to create a platform that was mainly very affordable, where a dedicated graphics card was not a must, while being power efficient, especially for the mobile market and up to the task to satisfy our multimedia, digital desires/needs.
Excerpt: Over the last few years we’ve seen OEM computing make a shift from discrete video cards to on-chip GPUs. Within the past 2 years both Intel and AMD have gone full force with on-chip GPUs, so what’s the difference? Intel released Ivy Bridge with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and now AMD is firing back with Trinity. AMDs 2nd Generation APU adds performance in both CPU and GPU over their first generation (Codename Llano).
Conclusion: Thing is that unlike the FM1 platform that last year’s Llano APUs were released on, the new Trinity APUs will come on a new FM2 platform. Early adopters are, however, reassured by AMD that that FM2 will carry on for at least one more generation of processors before changing the platform again. Along with the new socket we’re also introduced to the AMD A85X chipset that supports up to 8x SATA III (6Gbps) ports and up to 2x AMD graphics cards for a CrossFire setup.
Summary: Compared to Llano, or more specifically, the A8-3850 , the high-end Trinity offerings deliver a boost in performance but more on the CPU side of the equation. The A8-5600K and A10-5800K were about 10% and 15% faster respectively in our CPU tests, lifting them up to the level of the Phenom II X4 955 and 965.
Conclusion: Dual Graphics, aka CrossFire, scale nicely in 3DMark 11, providing a 35 per cent uplift over just running the Radeon HD 6670 on either platform. More of the same in 3DMark Vantage, where we see a 20 per cent-plus improvement. Getting an award for stating the bloomin' obvious, adding a discrete card to an APU-only system increases overall power consumption. The trio of systems housing said card consume around 10W more when idling. Here's a telling graph.
Summary: The new A10-5800K is a far better CPU than the A8-3870K, and it costs less than what the A8-3870K did when it was launched. Both processing performance and gaming performance were improved on the new processor.
On gaming, the A10-5800K leaves its main competitor, the Core i3-3220, in the dust, as it is between two and three times faster.
AMD's A10-5800K and A8-5600K 'Trinity' APUs reviewed
3 October 2012
Summary: Ok, look, I have a project scope problem. Including frame-by-frame data across multiple games for 22 different processors, along with everything else, probably wasn't the wisest move. We may need to re-think our approach.
To help you deal with the data overload, we've boiled our results down to a few simple scatter plots showing price versus performance. We've averaged performance across several sets of tests using a geometric mean.
Conclusion: The real purpose in using better-than-generic memory rests with the supposed improvements in IGP performance. This is more like it. There's definite improvement through a change in the memory frequency/timings. DDR3-2,133 is over 20 per cent faster than DDR3-1,333! The best score is obtained by running the fastest memory in conjunction with an overclock for the GPU frequency; we increased it from the shipping 800MHz to 1,000MHz.