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Report: AMD Launching Trinity APUs Soon; Desktop in August

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Looks like the next few weeks are going to be exciting ones for AMD.

We've been getting a bit impatient when it comes to waiting for AMD's Trinity APUs to arrive. Lucky for us, the latest scuttlebutt has the company's latest A series APUs launching this month.

AMD confirmed in mid-April that it had started shipping Trinity and it looks like things are on moving along nicely and still on track for a release this quarter. Word comes via Digitimes, which is citing sources from notebook players in reporting that AMD is gearing up to launch the notebook versions of its Trinity APU this month.

Perhaps more interesting is the fact that AMD is apparently planning the launch of its desktop Trinity processors for later this summer, in August. Digitimes sources say we can expect to see the A10-5800K, A10-5700, A8-5600K, and A8-5500, as well as the A6 (Weatherford) and A4 (Richland) series processors. The site also pegs entry-level Brazos 2.0 in June.

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    Chainzsaw , May 9, 2012 1:16 PM
    IMO trinity will make a great gaming laptop. I don't think trinity will be that great in the high desktop end. It would however make a great HTPC.
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    Wisecracker , May 9, 2012 1:32 PM

    TheBigTrolli personally think APUs are stupid for the desktop because most people would just buy a entry level graphics card if they really needed to play games. its better on the laptops because battery life is importnatn


    The graphics engine in the Trinity APU is essentially a Turks HD6570.

    Presumably, TrinityII, or Kaveri, will be a 28nm GCN-core HD7750, on Hudson FM2.

    Is that entry-level enough for you?

    :) 


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    vaughn2k , May 9, 2012 1:14 PM
    I hope AMD will remove itself from too much false hope. I really want to see an improve CPU/APU from them and not just another Bulldozer fiasco. We need them to compete with over-priced over-hyped CPUs from Intel.
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    Regor245 , May 9, 2012 1:13 PM
    I'll start saving money from now.. Desktop

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    vaughn2k , May 9, 2012 1:14 PM
    I hope AMD will remove itself from too much false hope. I really want to see an improve CPU/APU from them and not just another Bulldozer fiasco. We need them to compete with over-priced over-hyped CPUs from Intel.
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    zooted , May 9, 2012 1:14 PM
    Trinity will use fm2? This is what I have heard, but I don't remember seeing it officially.
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    spp85 , May 9, 2012 1:14 PM
    It would be a good multimedia Processor..............
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    Chainzsaw , May 9, 2012 1:16 PM
    IMO trinity will make a great gaming laptop. I don't think trinity will be that great in the high desktop end. It would however make a great HTPC.
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    stingstang , May 9, 2012 1:29 PM
    The hell is a scuttlebutt?
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    southernshark , May 9, 2012 1:29 PM
    Sounds good... I hope it works better than Bulldozer....

    If the GPU is improved it will probably make a good laptop processor, especially if you can get a crossfire option.
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    Wisecracker , May 9, 2012 1:32 PM

    TheBigTrolli personally think APUs are stupid for the desktop because most people would just buy a entry level graphics card if they really needed to play games. its better on the laptops because battery life is importnatn


    The graphics engine in the Trinity APU is essentially a Turks HD6570.

    Presumably, TrinityII, or Kaveri, will be a 28nm GCN-core HD7750, on Hudson FM2.

    Is that entry-level enough for you?

    :) 


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    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 1:57 PM
    So this means the Piledriver APUs are coming out soon, where are the Piledriver based CPUs for us AM3+ owners?
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    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 2:23 PM
    This should be fun but why delay the desktop version or is it just not done yet? The notebook versions need to come out for ultrabooks so that makes sense I suppose.
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    Wisecracker , May 9, 2012 2:41 PM

    Quote:
    So this means the Piledriver APUs are coming out soon, where are the Piledriver based CPUs for us AM3+ owners?


    The AMD FX-8120 Zambezi is down to $160. AMD is finding their price points as yield presumably improves. I suspect they are binning a few FX-Piledrivers in preparation for final production, but the great majority of wafer-starts are dedicated to Trinity.

    Trinity has been in final production since the first week of Feb. With a decent yield (or maybe, more importantly, greater yield of higher-value 17/35w chips), GloFlo might have those 32nm Fabs a-flyin'


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    This should be fun but why delay the desktop version or is it just not done yet? The notebook versions need to come out for ultrabooks so that makes sense I suppose.


    See above.

    Llano/FM1 is dropping in price and moving out inventory. Mobile Trinity 17/35w command a much higher price so binning desktop chips is only practical.

    Desktop Trinity/FM2 is scheduled to launch in August. It's simply the way production capacity, yields and wafer-starts work out.



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    eddieroolz , May 9, 2012 2:42 PM
    Time for AMD to further distance its iGPU from Intel.
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    Marcus52 , May 9, 2012 3:04 PM
    stingstangThe hell is a scuttlebutt?


    Search engines are your friends. :) 

    "Scuttlebutt" is another word for "rumor" or "gossip".

    ;) 
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    blazorthon , May 9, 2012 3:29 PM
    ChainzsawIMO trinity will make a great gaming laptop. I don't think trinity will be that great in the high desktop end. It would however make a great HTPC.


    If Trinity can make it into the lower mid-range or at least the top of the entry level, then I'll be happy with it. I'd also like to see a quick-sync competitor in it like the Radeons are supposed to have (although I don't think that AMD has it working yet).

    WisecrackerThe graphics engine in the Trinity APU is essentially a Turks HD6570.Presumably, TrinityII, or Kaveri, will be a 28nm GCN-core HD7750, on Hudson FM2.Is that entry-level enough for you?


    Do we know this for sure? I'd really rather that it had a 28nm GCN GPU. If it has a Turks, is it at least a die shrink of the Turks? Do we know what cards that it can CF with and is it true that it can CF with two cards at once instead of just one? If so, then must they be the same card? So many questions. Hopefully, they wil be answered soon.
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    Marco925 , May 9, 2012 3:41 PM
    TheBigTrolli personally think APUs are stupid for the desktop because most people would just buy a entry level graphics card if they really needed to play games. its better on the laptops because battery life is importnatn

    It's not only about playing games, it's a budget option that has high value. Most people don't usually buy entry level video cards cause they're an added expense, however i've made incredibly awesome HTPCs that are cool on the inside and out. with a bit of juice to play older games, or a couple of new ones at low settings.
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    Star72 , May 9, 2012 3:52 PM
    southernsharkSounds good... I hope it works better than Bulldozer.... If the GPU is improved it will probably make a good laptop processor, especially if you can get a crossfire option.


    Bulldozer actually works quite well for the people who bought it for it's real strength which is multi-tasking, & also took the time to get the necessary software updates. As time has passed it's turned out to be a pretty fair amount better than initially reported.
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    Star72 , May 9, 2012 3:57 PM
    mojorisin23They'll never catch up to intel



    Kind of a fanboi thing to say, but in overall cpu performance, maybe not. But they also won't in price either. AMD's APUs are a great HTPC option & low budget gaming option. Intel may never catch them in the APU department. Give some credit where it's due will ya?
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    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 3:59 PM
    wisecracker wrote:
    "The graphics engine in the Trinity APU is essentially a Turks HD6570.

    Presumably, TrinityII, or Kaveri, will be a 28nm GCN-core HD7750, on Hudson FM2.

    Is that entry-level enough for you?"

    Wow, did not know that. That would be a big win for Intel to not compete with GCN. When do they expect Trinity II out?
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