Discrete GPU Gaming Performance

Although likely not the target market for someone buying a Trinity APU, we looked at performance of AMD's latest APU when paired with a high-end discrete GPU. The end result is a total loss for Trinity. If you're going to use processor graphics Trinity is a clear winner, but if you plan on pairing the APU with a high end discrete GPU you're much better off with the Core i3 3220.

Metro 2033 Frontline Benchmark - 1024 x 768 - DX11 High Quality

DiRT 3 - Aspen Benchmark - 1024 x 768 Low Quality

Crysis Warhead Assault Benchmark - 1680 x 1050 Mainstream DX10 64-bit

Civilization V - 1680 x 1050 - DX11 High Quality

Video Transcoding Performance Overclocking & Power Consumption
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  • Jamahl - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    According to kitguru, the 5800K + 7970 GHz edition beats the i3 2105 in every single game at 1080p. Reply
  • mikato - Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - link

    lolwut? is that using i3's integrated graphics? Please extend your comment a little more to the point it makes sense. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, October 09, 2012 - link

    AMSheep fanboys tell themselves and everyone else lies, then they go buy the crap and the live the life of a slow and still poor dullard.
    Next chance they get they rinse and repeat.
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  • kshong - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

    Your comments add nothing to the conversation and take up space. I wish people could ban trolls like you. Reply
  • bill4 - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    Just looked on newegg and the G850 is $70. The 5800 is supposed to MSRP for $122. I realize Obama is destroying our schools but where is 70 half of 122? Also, that leaves $50, what dedicated GPU worth a crap costs 50 dollars? Even a $100+ 7750 would not be much improvement I'm assuming.

    Somehow I knew before I checked the prices your comment would be an exaggeration, as I've seen the same type of wrong pricing on other comments like this already. Fanboys, get your facts straight.

    Plus, I dont know the exact motherboard situation, but typically AMD motherboards are cheaper as well.

    Oh and you pick out one single benchmark, what's the point of that? Looking at all the benches, what do you know, 5800 is faster than G850 easily the vast majority of times. Many times it's not even close, or 5800 can close to double G850 speed (3DSmax39, page 4 lol).

    Usually the way it works in computers is, better performing parts cost more.

    Usually the Trinity parts compare well with the similar priced Intel part, which is the i3 3220. Case closed.

    I dont even necessarily disagree with you, that it might do better to spend a few more bucks on a g850+discrete card combo if you're a gamer (and, I'd need to see actual benchmarks with that combo to be sure) just pointing out a few things. Then again, if you're a gamer you really shouldn't spend less than 700 on a rig anyway, anything less you're buying outside the sweet spot and you just bought a piece of crap. Way PC gaming works, very well defined "sweet spot", buying above or below that spot is usually stupid for gaming.
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  • ac2 - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    Well I guess the reading comprehension is no better...
    I said "the G850 costs a little more than HALF the A10 suggested price"
    69.90 is a little more than half of 122, i.e. 61
    Unless we start quibbling how much a 'little more' is...

    Lets look at the 3dsmax scores on pg 4 you talk about:
    A10 - 11.5
    A8 - 11.1
    Pentium - 8.6 (double of which is 17.2 but anyway)

    My elementary maths tells me its a 33% gain, which is generally the A10's gain over a CPU that costs 42% less... And that too only on the embarassingly parallel tasks..
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  • ac2 - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    Oh and Anand has benched G850 + discrete cards, see here:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4524/the-sandy-bridg...

    Looks 'good enough' for me...

    And I guess I'm just frustrated with AMD for completely dropping the value for money ball here, except for some highly threaded integer tasks...
    Reply
  • eanazag - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    Remember that once you add a discrete part for GPU the power benefits disappear. Reply
  • Roland00Address - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    If you are adding a discrete card do not get the a10, get the Athlon X4 750K (remember it is unlocked) for $81 dollars. It is the trinity fm2 processor but it does not have the iGpu (which you don't care about since you are adding dedicated).

    It runs 600 mhz less on stock, and 400 mhz less on turbo but guess what you have an unlocked multiplier so you can easily set it at the same frequency as the a10.

    It does cost 15 dollars more (g850 goes for 66 the Athlon X4 750k goes for $81) but you will get much better multithread performance than the pentium (in exchange for higher load power consumption)

    Some games are going 4 cores (such as Battlefield 3) so the Athlon X4 750k will be better for gaming.
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  • rarson - Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - link

    Yeah, because single-threaded performance is so forward-thinking. Intel excels at what everyone is trying to move away from, great. Reply

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