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Apr 6, 2012

AMD Trinity APUs Set for May 15 Release (2012)

Advanced micro Devices has been praising its upcoming collection of Accelerated Processing Units, and now we know exactly when we'll be able to tell for sure if the chips are really all they're cracked up to be.  

We'll get it out there before people start fidgeting with impatience: the Trinity series of APUs will be launched on May 15, 2012, or so SWEClockers says. 

We can only hope that there won't be any last minute delays. 

As successors to the Llano, the next-generation chips will have higher clock frequencies, while sticking to the same thermal envelope as them. 

We can even tell you just how much better Trinity will run, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that we already have. 

A couple of days ago, we covered the performance advantage in graphics (56%) and productivity (29%). 

The information came from one of AMD's own marketing slides, which will presumably be formally unleashed upon the world when the company holds its press conference. 

For those who want a summary of the most important assets of Trinity, the APUs are based on “Piledriver” CPU modules and have Radeon HD 6000 graphics with AVX, AES-NI, SSE4.2, and DirectX 11.1 support, among other things. 

We actually have some information on the A8-4500M, plus some benchmark results, but the clock speeds are still unknown. 

It figures that the Sunnyvale, California-based company would stubbornly keep a lid on the relevant data, although we're willing to bet the numbers will become known somehow earlier than the formal unveiling, even if only by just a few days. Until then, those interested can go here to look at the benchmark we mentioned earlier. 

In related news, the low-power mobile Trinity APUs will take a little longer to arrive. The report places their formal launch in June, but the exact day is unspecified.


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