Trinity Desktop APUs - the 2nd Generation AMD A-Series Preview
In this preview we talk about what AMD is about to release with the AMD A10 5800K APU processor. Based on Trinity APU architecture and building on the strengths of both the Llano and Bulldozer design, the 2012 AMD A-Series platform has been updated to meet and exceed the increasing demands of today’s consumers. In this article we introduce you to the 2012 AMD A-Series platform. More CPU performance, and a much faster integrated graphics unit. Have a peek at the preview, with a review to follow next week on Monday.
Mind you that we can not talk about final prices and CPU performance so this is merely a technology overview with a handful of IGP performance.
Back in May AMD introduced a series of AMD A10 'Trinity' APUs for mobile and notebook solutions. The new APU series is based on a new architecture that should bring it's performance above previously released Llano based products from that same A series.
The new chips came with a codename that you all will recognize, Trinity and Trinity will thus be the successor of the current AMD A4, A6 en A8 Llano-processors.
First and foremost, we are a bit of an enthusiast based website so I need to make it very clear here, the A10 and A8 APU processors are entry level to mid-range targeted processors. That means you are looking at reasonable up-to okay CPU performance versus a greatly enhanced integrated GPU, and all that for very interesting prices.
Based on the Trinity APU architecture there will be several APU models to be found which we'll place in an overview later on.
Our tested model is the A10-5800K APU is rated at 100W running at 3.8 GHz with a Turbo allowance towards 4200 MHz. The A10 APUs have a 4MB L2 cache and pack 384 Radeon (shader) cores with that embedded GPU running at 800 MHz.
By itself not a massive GPU change opposed to the previous generation which had 400 shader cores however the new AMD graphics architecture is applied and offers a significant leap in performance for integrated graphics alright. Processor wise Trinity is based on Piledriver cores, basically the new 2nd revision of AMD's Bulldozers cores which we all know from AMD's FX series processors.
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