AMD A10 and A8 Trinity APU: Virgo Desktop Experience

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Hi-Res Gaming: ET:QW, L4D2, Metro 2033, JC2

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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