Starcraft 2

Our next game is Starcraft II, Blizzard's 2010 RTS megahit. Starcraft II is a DX9 game that is designed to run on a wide range of hardware, and given the growth in GPU performance over the years it's often CPU limited before it's GPU limited on higher-end cards.

Starcraft 2 - GPU Bench

Starcraft 2 - GPU Bench

Starcraft 2 - GPU Bench

Despite being heavily influenced by CPU performance, Starcraft 2 shows big gains when moving to Trinity. The improvement over Llano ranges from 16 - 27% in our tests. The performance advantage over Ivy Bridge is huge.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda's epic sword & magic game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is our RPG of choice for benchmarking. It's altogether a good CPU benchmark thanks to its complex scripting and AI, but it also can end up pushing a large number of fairly complex models and effects at once. This is a DX9 game so it isn't utilizing any new DX11 functionality, but it can still be a demanding game.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

We see some mild improvements over Llano in our Skyrim tests, and even Intel is able to catch up a bit. Trinity still does quite well, only NVIDIA's GeForce GT 640 can really deliver better performance than the top-end A10-5800K SKU.

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  • parkerm35 - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    First of all you have never owned a 3870k, as your just an Intel fan boy wanting some attention. The simple fact is you have chosen to look for an AMD review to feed us this rubbish, this just shows how obssesed you are. If you don't like AMD parts, that's fine, but it's because of people like you why AMD is in this kind of mess to start of with. I bet your one of these people who went out and bought a P4 as well?

    This review has just shown you this APU competing with discrete graphics cards, and doing a damn good job at it too. How much was your G620? add the price of a discrete card that is capable of matching the trinity, maybe looking at a GT630 (which i think will be slightly slower), $70? + $65 for the CPU $135 for a dual core, slower CPU and in all a more power hungry setup. Do me a favor.

    " A G620 can compete generally with a 3870K on the CPU side. That is just embarrassing. The 5800K isn't much of an improvement."

    How do you know the 5800k isn't much of an improvement? This hole review is about GPUs, no CPU data what so ever.

    Could you please list these HD1000 parts with quicksync.
  • kpo6969 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Anand if you went along with this your stock as one of (if not the best) reviews to trust site has gone way down. Just my opinion. Reply
  • rhx123 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    I agree. They should have done the same as TechReport and called AMD out on this.
    I have been a long time lurker, and I nearly posted about Anandtech's spin on the Enduro Update, but now it really feels like there's something going on between the two.

    It's obvious that in making AMD hold this information back, it's confirmed to everyone in the know that piledriver is going to be rubbish , and has probably done AMD more damage than just letting people release the benchmarks.

    Just hoping a Chinese reviewer somewhere can get his hands on the parts and release some real CPU benchmarks.
  • jaydee - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Fortuanately, Anand has more class than to be a blatant hypocrite like "Tech Report" in happily preview Intels chips under certain parameters, but complaining about it when AMD does it.
  • cobalt42 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    You're simply pointing out the difference between a PRE-view and a RE-view, not pointing out any supposed hypocrisy.

    A preview is often done on the manufacturer's terms. Compare to what is often done in gaming; you get to see what they show you, and you're careful not to draw conclusions. (To quote TR's conclusions in that article you cite, they start with "Clearly, it's way too early to call this race.") Previews are also often done when you're offsite and in their controlled conditions. Plus, the article you write about it is called a "preview" in the title, not a "review". Look at the title of these articles versus the one you cite.

    What AMD is trying to do here is control the output of REviews.
  • Visual - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    The high-end GPU version seems nice, its disappointing there are weaker versions though. Especially the mobile version, with not nearly enough performance to distinguish itself from the intel offering. Reply
  • Jamahl - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Can you point out that the GT 640 in this review is in an Ivy bridge powered system? It would have been nice to have it running in the 5800K system, just to see how close the graphics portion of Trinity really is to it. Reply
  • Rick83 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    "Note that this test fails on all Intel processor graphics, so the results below only include AMD APUs and discrete GPUs."

    Well, down to the i5's they all have AES acceleration in the CPU pipeline.
    Would be interesting to see a direct comparison of that to the results in the table.

    Of course, for the i3s and below, this is a bit of a let-down.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    What's with the pair of USB1 ports that AMD still puts on all their chipsets? Reply
  • jasomill - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    A cost-saving measure, perhaps, intended for use with integrated devices? Many devices don't benefit from speeds in excess of 12Mbps: keyboards, pointing devices, digitizer tablets, Bluetooth adapters, infrared ports, fingerprint readers, GPS receivers, accelerometers, ambient light sensors, switches, buttons, blinkenlights, fax modems, floppy drives, . . . Reply

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