AMD Trinity A10-5800K Review
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
WHAT WE LIKED:Great priced mainstream processor. On-die GPU, good graphics/video and processing performance. Decent gaming performance for the price.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Although Piledriver has a much better instruction set, vanilla processing performance is only slightly better than Llano.
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It has been sometime since we have seen any big changes from the AMD Camp. Intel successfully released IvyBridge months ago, and AMD seemingly gave up the chase for the performance crown after Bulldozer didn’t live up to expectations. These factors, plus industry conditions over the last few years, changed AMD’s business strategy. Now they are instead focusing on their successful APU’s (Accelerated Processing Units) as well as the mobile sector. For those not familiar with AMD’s APU’s, they developed the world’s first processor that was coupled with an on-die graphics processing unit. They called it Fusion technology.
Fusion started in 2011 with AMD’s “E” series processors codenamed Zacate, which did not offer very high performance; however, it was AMD’s first round with their new Fusion technology. Zacate did not make a huge impact in the desktop market, but it offered a low price in primarily the laptop market. It also offered a much better integrated graphics package than its rival Intel. Although Zacate was AMD’s entry level product, it offered a better all around package than Intel’s Atom processors at a lower price point. Next came the long awaited Llano platform that was based on the same Fusion technology. It included the same x86 cores as Zacate, and it had up to four cores using a 32nm die coupled with a Radeon 6550D on-die GPU (400 Radeon cores). We saw up to 90% of the performance of AMD’s retired Phenom II series, and the icing on the cake was that this terrific graphics package was coupled with a low price point. Llano carried AMD for sometime and Intel went into full development mode to try to compete at the mainstream level. Another great feature with AMD’s Fusion technology was it had the ability to crossfire an additional 6660/6670 graphics card with the on-die GPU for some outstanding graphics and video playback. Using either the on-die GPU or crossfiring a stand alone graphics card gave the desktop arena a low priced, but powerful, gaming rig in the $400 to $600 range. So, what’s next from AMD?
Well, yesterday was yesterday, and today brings AMD’s next evolution of Fusion technology codenamed Trinity. Trinity is AMD’s first mobile APU mixed with their reworked Bulldozer cores named Piledriver. It features up to four cores plus a better graphics package than Llano. It is coupled with a Radeon 7650/7660D on-die GPU with up to 384 CoreNext stream processors. We are excited to have AMD’s A10-5800K desktop APU in the lab to share with you guys. We are anxious to see what this new tech is capable of, so let’s get it unboxed and check out the performance of AMD’s new Piledriver cores combined with AMD’s Fusion technology.