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

AMD A10 and A8 Trinity APU: Virgo Desktop Experience

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For this next set of tests, we pit the integrated processor graphics incorporated into AMD's Trinity-based APUs against Intel's HD 2500 and HD 4000 series engines and a few of the least expensive, discrete GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD, the GeForce GT 430, Radeon HD 6450 and Radeon HD 5550, respectively. We tested the games at high-quality settings, at a resolution of 19200x1200 with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering to put a significant strain on the various GPUs.

Hi-Res Gaming Tests: ET:QW and L4D2
Gaming Benchmarks

In both cases, the Radeon HD 7660D and HD 7560D graphics cores built into the new AMD A10-5800K and A8-5600K APUs offered roughly double (or more) the performance of Intel's integrated graphics solutions.

Hi-Res Gaming Tests: Metro 2033 and Just Cause 2
Gaming Benchmarks



These Metro 2033 and Just Cause 2 tests are somewhat more demanding than the others posted above, and as such, we had to crank down the image quality in both titles. These tests were run at a lower-resolution (1680x1050) with in-game graphics options set to their medium values, with only 2XAA (JC2) and 4X anisotropic filtering.

While the framerates are lower, the AMD APUs are still able to hold onto huge leads over the Intel integrated graphics solutions. JC2 is perfectly playable on both the A10 and A6, while Metro 2033 would be better served by lowering the resolution to boost framerates a bit.
 

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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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