AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Review

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SiSoftware SANDRA and PCMark 7

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2011, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2012 suite (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Cache and Memory Latency and Memory Bandwidth).

SiSoftware SANDRA 2012
Synthetic Processor and Memory Bandwidth Performance

SANDRA Processor Arithmetic and Multimedia Tests

SANDRA Cache and Memory Latency and Memory Bandwidth Tests

In the various CPU-centric SiSoft SANDRA tests we ran, the AMD A10-4600M competes favorably with Intel's Core i3 and Core i5 mobile processors in the reference database, save for the floating-point portion of the Multimedia benchmark where Trinity falls a bit short. In the memory bandwidth benchmark, the Trinity-based A10-4600M offers up about 11GB/s of memory bandwidth, which is slightly better than Arrandale, but somewhat lower than Sandy and Ivy Bridge.

Futuremark PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance
Next up, we ran our test systems through Futuremark’s total-system performance evaluation tool, PCMark 7. PCMark 7 runs through a host of usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads, including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity.

Our Trinity-based AMD whitebook falls somewhere in the middle of the pack according to PCMark 7. The machine was able to outpace a couple of Intel Core i3 and i5-based systems, but trailed the Core i7s, which is sort of where AMD is positioning the A10 APU in the first place.

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