AMD A10 and A8 Trinity APU: Virgo Desktop Experience - HotHardware

AMD A10 and A8 Trinity APU: Virgo Desktop Experience

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Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark Vantage

Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista or newer based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though. With this version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, and several new feature tests.  We tested the graphics capabilities of the APUs featured here with 3DMark Vantage's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

For the sake of reference, we have also included 3DMark scores from a couple of entry-level discrete graphics cards, to give you all an idea as to how AMD's latest APUs (and Intel's integrated graphics solutions) fare in this benchmark.

As you can see, according to 3DMark Vantage, the AMD A10-5800K and A8-5600K offer the best overall performance, clearly dominating anything Intel has to offer. If we tunnel deeper into the results, you'll see why...

The Radeon HD 7660D and HD 7560D graphics cores built into the new AMD A10-5800K and A8-5600K APUs offer significantly higher frame rates than Intel's offerings in both GPU tests, almost doubling the performance of Intel's HD 4000 series graphics engine, which is the Intel's fastest to date.

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Very much looking forward to those tests, Dave - thanks for the heads-up !...

Henri

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This was a good read Marco.

I have an APU A8-3850 CPU with an ASUS F1A75-V-Pro and a XFX Radeon HD-6670 in hybrid crossfire.

Gaming performance is decent with the addition of it's Hybrid Crossfire capabilities. Overall system performance is good.

These new better, faster variants are a welcome step up as I see it. I heard a rumor that the new platform's Hybrid Crossfire will be possible with faster, 7000 series Radeon cards too. This will be an improvement with meat on it's bones.

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Hybrid CrossFire is possible with faster cards now, even on your 3850, but scaling will always be limited by the slower of the two GPU. You'll never get scaling past a theoretical peak of 2x of the slower GPU, so there's less incentive to stick a faster card in there.

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My documentation stated that the HD-6670 was the fastest card that the motherboard would support in Hybrid mode. Maybe that has changed since I read it. (BIOS updates and improvements are released all of the time)

Using the Hybrid capabilities does improve performance, but it's still nothing like my GTX-570 is.

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Aww man I hate cliffhangers!! Gotta get the whole story before I decide between an i3 or the A10 for a buddy of mine who wants to build his first rig.

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Some nice improvements shown by AMD here, and I'm looking forward to seeing the results on the CPU side of things.

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Can't beat the bang for the buck of AMD's APU's...just can't do it.  I think the A6-5400K would be my first choice...that or the A10-5800K. I love the APU in my laptop...I've loved APU's since!

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Currently have an AMD FM1 APU A6-3620 with Radeon 6530D, and have to say it outperforms my old AMD and Nvidia Video card a ton, can run a whole bunch more than I used to, in the future might go ahead and Crossfire it, if this chip supports Hybrid Crossfire, Retail Chip with HP P6-2133W Desktop PC.    Plan on getting another APU based system soon as I can afford it for my Mother's PC I think at this point

Liking the Reviews on the NEW AMD APU Trinity Line as well

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