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.
Conclusion: So far we've focused on the performance of AMD's new A10-5800K, but we've yet to touch on what is arguably the most important piece of the puzzle: its price. Out of the gate, AMD has priced its new chip at $130, which happens to match the Core i3-3220 . Budget system builders seeking a new platform will have a tough decision ahead, but we'll try to offer some guidance with a summary of our findings.
Conclusion: Of course, the A10 is unlocked for overclocking, so enthusiasts can get a bit more performance if they're willing to take the time to tweak the chip (and splurge for premium cooling hardware, the money for which might well be better put toward a beefier CPU or a video card, to start with).
Pros: Much improved graphics performance over previous model, Competes well against similarly priced Intel Core i3 CPUs with weaker integrated graphics, Unlocked for overclocking
Cons: CPU-specific performance doesn’t get as much of a boost as graphics, New FM2 socket means previous-gen AMD APU owners will need a new motherboard
Conclusion: Nearly five months on from the release of the laptop-bound Trinity APU and just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, AMD outs the desktop variant of its latest CPU-and-GPU technology. The transition from 35W mobile part to 100W desktop enables AMD to increase the Trinity APU's speeds considerably, with the range-topping A10-5800K punching in at a maximum 4.2GHz CPU and 800MHz GPU.
AMD Trinity for Desktops. Part 2: Socket FM2 Platform and AMD A10-5800K Processor Review
1 October 2012
Summary: Trinity demonstrated some very inspiring performance in graphics tests last week. However, AMD’s traditional weakness is its x86 cores. Let’s see if the company engineers managed to resolve this problem in the new Piledriver microarchitecture that found its way into promising hybrid processors.
Conclusion: La prima generazione di APU introdotta nel 2011 ha segnato un'interessante svolta per i segmenti entry level e mid range del mercato, offrendo in una sola unità, una GPU di gran lunga superiore alle proposte integrate dalla concorrenza ed una CPU dalle performance invece inferiori, perlopiù sul single threaded, che risultavano comunque soddisfacenti per le esigenze medie degli utenti a cui si rivolgevano.
Pros: Grafica integrata ai vertici, Migliorate le perfomance single-threaded, Buona efficienza energetica, Supporto multi-monitor (3+1), Memory Controller a 1866 MHz, Elevate potenzialità in overclock, Prezzo estremamente concorrenziale, Overclock user-friendly tramite AMD Overdrive