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AMD Trinity processors tested, reviewed

Can AMD A10 Trinity take on Intel's Ivy Bridge?

In the on-going battle between Intel and AMD – which hasn’t been a fair fight for quite some time now – AMD has launched a new generation of Accelerated Processing Units (APU), which is their term for processors with integrated graphics card.

The boffins at Hardware.Info thoroughly tested the new AMD Trinity A10 chip.

See also: AMD Trinity APUs will take on Intel’s Ivy Bridge

The new AMD chips, codenamed Trinity, are the successors to the current AMD A4, A6 and A8 Llano processors, which haven’t been extremely successful, to put it mildly.

As the performance has been significantly improved, AMD labelled the new series A10.

According to AMD both the CPU and GPU have been significantly improved, resulting in better performance, and a decrease in energy consumption – great news for the batteries in laptops, then, which can use all the help they can get.

One area in which the previous APUs by AMD excelled compared to the solutions offered by Intel, is the integrated GPU (integrated in the sense that the GPU is on the same chip as the CPU). Obviously, AMD wants to maintain this advantage, as well as improve the pretty disappointing CPU on the previous APUs.

Tests carried out by Hardware.Info show that Trinity isn’t the resounding success AMD would have wanted it to be.

When it comes to the GPU, AMD is still well ahead of Intel, comfortably beating both Sandy Bridge and Intel’s third generation Ivy Bridge.

CPU performance has only improved slightly compared to the CPU of the previous generation of APUs, even though AMD gave this part of the chip a complete overhaul.

This second generation of the Bulldozer architecture still isn’t very good, especially compared with Intel’s recently introduced Ivy Bridge.

One positive thing you can say about CPU performance on Trinity is that it does indeed manage to reduce energy consumption while performance increases. The very good integrated GPU can support the CPU in some cases, but at the end of the day doesn’t really make up for it, according to Hardware.Info.

At the moment, AMD has the more interesting product if you regularly work with 3D and multimedia applications, though.

If you want to know more about Trinity, you can read the entire 14-page AMD Trinity review on Hardware.Info.  

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