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

AMD A10 and A8 Trinity APU: Virgo Desktop Experience

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For our next set of tests, we moved on to some low-res benchmarking with Crysis (DirectX) and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (OpenGL). In these tests, we drop the resolution to 1024x768, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to minimize the load being placed on the GPUs and push frame rates as high as possible. However, the in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, to enhance image quality somewhat.

Low-Resolution Gaming: Crysis and ET: Quake Wars
Minimizing the GPU Load


Low-resolution tests such as these are typically used to illustrate CPU and memory performance, when run using a high-end GPU. What these results show, however, is that even with older game titles and relatively low-quality settings, Intel's HD 4000 (Core i3-3225) and HD 2500 (Core i3-3220) graphics cores are the limiting performance factor. The Radeon HD 7660D and HD 7560D graphics cores built into the new AMD A10-5800K and A8-5600K APUs, once again, offered double or nearly double the performance of Intel's integrated graphics solutions.
 

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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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