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AMD A10-5800K / A8-5600K full review: Trinity for desktops

A review of the AMD A10-5800K / A8-5600K Trinity desktop processors

In May, AMD introduced its latest generation APUs codenamed Trinity for laptops, and today the desktop versions finally arrived. Last week, media could only cover the hardware behind the new CPUs, the model numbers and the gaming benchmarks. Today, you get the full review, including CPU benchmarks and everything else on Hardware.Info.

Compared to the previous generation, AMD claims that both the CPU and GPU performance has improved with the Trinity chips, while the energy consumption is lower. AMD is emphasising the power of the integrated GPU. AMD already is ahead of Intel in the integrated GPU department, even if the difference became less with Ivy Bridge's HD Graphics 4000. AMD would like to keep this edge, so Trinity contains a new integrated graphics engine based on the recent Northern Islands GPU family.

The new Trinity processors are the successors to the current AMD A4/A6/A8 Llano processors. Trinity is manufactured with the same 32nm production process as its predecessor, but internally the chip is completely new.

The CPU part consists of four so-called Piledriver cores. This is the second version of AMD's Bulldozer processor architecture. The current A4/A6/A8 Llano processors still use four cores from the Athlon II X4 generation. That means that the cores in Trinity are two generations newer than the ones in Llano.

In the graphics department Trinity has an integrated Radeon GPU with 384 cores. Llano's GPU was based on the architecture of Radeon HD 5000 GPUs, but the new chip has Radeon HD 6000 architecture, codenamed Northern Islands. Certain improvements from the Radeon HD 7000 series have also been added, including hardware-based video encoding.

The new AMD Trinity processors had mixed results in the benchmarks. To find out how they perform, and what the implications are compared to Intel, read the full review on Hardware.Info.

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