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AMD has a bunch of cool stuff to show off at this year's CES. The first is the most expected: a demo of its upcoming Trinity APU. The demo started out with a desktop chassis driving two displays: one transcoding video using the CPU cores and one playing DiRT 3 at low quality settings. The big surprise is at the end of the video below.

Trinity will be available in the middle of the year in three configurations: a 65W - 100W TDP desktop part, a 35 - 45W notebook part and a 17W ULV part. The three are pictured below in that order:

AMD claims the 17W Trinity should offer similar aggregate CPU/GPU performance to existing Llano notebook APUs at ~35W. The standard voltage notebook Trinity APU will offer a 25% increase in CPU performance and a 50% increase in GPU performance over the A-series Llano APUs available today. Finally the desktop Trinity will be 15% faster on the CPU side and 25% faster on the GPU. Although AMD didn't disclose details, it's likely that these numbers are comparing a two-module Piledriver based Trinity to a quad-core Llano.

The CPU gains seem modest on the desktop Trinity, but the standard voltage notebook part is pretty interesting as the gains should be enough to mostly bring it up to mobile Sandy Bridge performance (if AMD's numbers are correct). 

Trinity is likely going to maintain the integrated GPU performance advantage AMD currently holds, even when Ivy Bridge arrives.

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  • reenie49 - Saturday, January 14, 2012 - link

    A standard A8 3500 Llano is overvolted or underclocked. At P0 voltages it can be clocked to 2000 or 2100 which is a 40+% overclock and with faster memory the graphics scale very welll . So with a more mature process and a slight tweak these numbers are senisible . dunno if a 2 core trinity cpu can match a 4 core llano cpu at similar clock speeds tho Reply
  • reenie49 - Saturday, January 14, 2012 - link

    A standard A8 3500 Llano is overvolted or underclocked. At P0 voltages it can be clocked to 2000 or 2100 which is a 40+% overclock and with faster memory the graphics scale very welll . So with a more mature process and a slight tweak these numbers are senisible . dunno if a 2 core trinity cpu can match a 4 core llano cpu at similar clock speeds tho Reply
  • rgathright - Friday, February 03, 2012 - link

    Sony VAIO Y-Series E-450 netbook has the AMD Radeon HD 6320 GPU built-in and is actually quite
    fast for the platform and overall cost. www.epinions.com/content_577205407364

    Trinity seems to be a mid-generation release that improves on the previous Llano but keeps the same restricted cache size.

    All that said, I am also very eager to get my hands on the new Kaveri and Kabini APU which seems to wrap up all the real promises made by AMD. Remember, we fans are all hoping for faster x64 cores too!
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  • Wolfpup - Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - link

    Frankly a high end Llano + separate GPU is pretty darned good right now, and this...well, it'll be at least 25% better I guess.

    SO disgusted with all this "switchable" graphics junk that doesn't work, doesn't solve a problem I have, and breaks driver compatibility.
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