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Mar 20, 2012

AMD Trinity A10-5800K Performance Tested, Provides 50% Faster Graphics

Even though AMD isn’t expected to announce its next-gen APUs based on the Trinity architecture until the second quarter of this year, a Chinese website has recently posted online a series of benchmarks comparing the performance of the upcoming A10-5800K with that of the current A8-3850 processor.

When it will see the light of day, the A10-5800K will become AMD’s most powerful Trinity APU for desktop computers thanks to the inclusion of four computing cores clocked at 3.8GHz.

With Turbo Core enabled, these will be able to reach speeds as high as 4.2GHz, while the chip will also feature 4MB of L2 cache memory and a built-in Radeon HD 7660D graphics core with 384 shader cores.

The enthusiast who tested this CPU on the Chip Hell forums, compared it with AMD’s A8-3850 accelerated processing unit. 

When put head to haed, the results obtained show that the upcoming A10-5800K can deliver 50% better performance in graphics applications (in this case 3DMark 06) than its Llano-based predecessor.

Sadly for AMD, when the computing performance of its APU is taken into consideration things don’t appear to present themselves just as good as the A10-5800K beats the A8-3850 by just 12.8 percent in 3Dmark 06, despite its much higher operating frequencies.

AMD's next-generation APUs combine processing cores based on the Bulldozer architecture with a VLIW4 GPU derived from the Cayman graphics used inside the Radeon HD 6900 series.

These cores will go by the name of Piledriver and will support a series of new instruction sets introduced with the Bulldozer architecture, such as AVX and AES-NI, as well as DDR3-2133 memory. 

On the graphics side, AMD has added a series of new HD media accelerator technologies to its chips, such as a Video Compression Engine, and support for its multi-monitor EyeFinity configurations. 

The first APUs based on the Trinity architecture are rumored to launch in June or July of this year.


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