AMD A10-5800K & A8-5600K Review: Trinity on the Desktop, Part 1by Anand Lal Shimpi on September 27, 2012 12:00 AM EST
Portal 2 continues to be the latest and greatest Source engine game to come out of Valve's offices. While Source continues to be a DX9 engine, and hence is designed to allow games to be playable on a wide range of hardware, Valve has continued to upgrade it over the years to improve its quality, and combined with their choice of style you'd have a hard time telling it's over 7 years old at this point. From a rendering standpoint Portal 2 isn't particularly geometry heavy, but it does make plenty of use of shaders.
Portal 2 performance is one of the stronger showings for Trinity. In both of these tests we're seeing aorund a 28% increase in performance compared to the A8-3870K. Ivy Bridge doesn't stand a chance as the A10-5800K is more than twice as fast as Intel's HD 4000.
Its popularity aside, Battlefield 3 may be the most interesting game in our benchmark suite for a single reason: it was the first AAA DX10+ game. Consequently it makes no attempt to shy away from pushing the graphics envelope, and pushing GPUs to their limits at the same time. Even at low settings Battlefield 3 is a handful, and to be able to run it on an iGPU would no doubt make quite a few traveling gamers happy.
We're back down to more modest gains in our Battlefield 3 test: Trinity shows a 15% increase in performance compared to Llano at the high end. The advantage compared to Intel remains healthy at over 50%.
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deontologist - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - linkAnand - always 3 months late to the party.
Devo2007 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - linkWhat are you talking about? AMD is just now lifting the NDA on the Trinity A10-5800K & A8-5600K desktop CPUs (and even then, sites can only talk about GPU performance).
If any site had reviewed a Trinity APU several months ago, it was the mobile version (A10-4600M). Anandtech even reviewed it here:
karasaj - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - linkI believe he was referring to this:
Samus - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - linkNone of those numbers compare Trinity to the competition. They're mostly worthless.
Samus - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - linkEngadget has word the A10 is aiming at i3 prices and i5 performance on the CPU side. We've already seen A8 and A10 cream the i3 and i5 in GPU. I'm excited. I haven't built an AMD system in years, and the A8 65w might be a perfect HTPC CPU.
jwcalla - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - linkTom's has benchmarks against a Core i3-2100 if you'd like to see how it stacks up.
Samus - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - linki can't find any of tom's benchmarks showing a comparison of THESE chips against any Intel chips. They all compare the A10 and A8 to eachother.
GazP172 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - linkIf its anything like the Lano, the top end 65w's will basically only be released to the OEM's. Which to me are the only ones worth having.
Taft12 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - linkThat was because of AMD's lousy yields and contracts which prioritized access of the supply to the likes of HP and Acer over the retail channel.
OEMs still have first dibs, but yield issues are apparently better now. I have high hopes for the 65W parts (which includes actually being able to buy them on Newegg!) The A10-5700 could be the best of all worlds.
mikato - Monday, October 1, 2012 - linkAgree! I want to A10-5700 probably. No brainer.