Performance iGPU - Integrated APU Graphics Engine
APU IGP Game Performance
Now, we've been chatting up on the embedded IGP inside the APU, you can make use of it if you purchase an APU based processor. With some 384 GCN based shader cores inside the A8 APU series you can actually game. For serious gamers really we recommend you to look into a dedicated graphics card for gaming. But if you lower image quality settings a little; gaming at 1080P is within range.
Far Cry 2
Above you can see multiple IGP based processors at work, the IGP is rendering Far Cry 2 with 0xAA enabled, high image quality settings mode. Granted, Intel made quite a big step in performance over previous generations really, it can now compete much better with AMD's APUs offerings. However Kaveri with A8 will remain on top and with an Kaveri A10 thing are going to change dramatically as it has two shader processor cluster extra. But we'll have an A10 780K article soon as well.
Resident Evil Benchmark
The title you are looking at is the Resident Evil benchmark, we have HQ settings enabled, are in DX9 mode yet have AA disabled. Honestly that's completely playable even at a monitor resolution of 1920x1080.
3DMark Vantage confirms the much better overall IGP performance, however the strong processor power will influence the P score big-time. So try and focus at the GPU score there. But yeah, the new architecture shows off what it can do.
We did a quick run with 3DMark 11, on an IGP. Later on in this article we'll also mount a dedicated graphics card onto the system and have a peek what that does in performance. But even the A8 APU has a very strong IGP.
Last but not least, we can not leave out 3DMark FireStrike. If an 384SP based A8 can do this, then the 512SP based A10-7850K is gonna kick ass.