Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a beautiful (not to mention popular and mainstream) game. So, we’re understandably interested to see if the game is enjoyable with a mobile system plugged in to wall power with these integrated GPUs.
Using the Medium graphics preset, the A10-4600M handles Skyrim easily with 4x MSAA and 8x AF. The A8-3500M can’t manage a 30 FPS minimum, though, and Intel’s Core i5-2450M is too slow to use.
With the resolution increased to 1280x800 and MSAA lowered to 2x, our Trinity-based platforms maintains a high-enough minimum frame rate, as the other competitors are left struggling.
At 1600x900, MSAA is turned off in favor of FXAA, a CPU-based anti-aliasing algorithm that blurs the output at low resolutions, but appears much clearer at higher levels. AMD’s new APU remains playable, despite a slight dip below 30 FPS. The A8-3500M and Core i5-2450M don’t fare as well.
BTW, Charlie @ SemiAccurate is not an AMD fanbois IME. He just calls it like it is. Reality bites sometimes be it Nvidia, AMD or Intel's problems. Denial never changes reality. It is what it is.
A10-4600M laptops will be int eh $600-$700 neighborhood, and we're still waiting for Ivy bridge Core i5 to arrive in this price range.
We go over this. We also talk about how we'll do a follow up as soon as an appropriate product is available.
You need to read for it to make sense.
In a related question, does Trinity's details and specs lead to any conclusions about what Piledriver desktop processors will be like?