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AMD Trinity On The Desktop: A10, A8, And A6 Get Benchmarked!

Benchmark Results: Productivity

The Trinity design earns a slim victory in our optical character recognition benchmark, so long as you’re looking at the quad-core implementation. Losing two cores (or a single Piledriver module) hampers performance in a serious way.

Llano assumes a lead in Fritz. Our audience likes to see Fritz included in our suite, but unlike some of our more applicable benchmarks, a loss in Fritz isn’t particularly concerning for us, given its fairly synthetic outcome.

In contrast, compiling Google Chrome in Visual Studio 2010 is the very definition of real-world. And while we can fairly easily dismiss the results from Fritz, the fact that the second-fastest Llano-based APU outmaneuvers the soon-to-be flagship A10 isn’t something you can argue away using references to heterogeneous computing. If you already own Llano, it's going to be hard to compel an upgrade based on results like these.

Another very real-world workload, printing a PowerPoint file to PDF format favors the Trinity-based desktop chips in a very big way. The fact that the A6 APU outmaneuvers the A8 is a good indication that this test is single-threaded, and that its Turbo Core feature is pushing performance up.

In any case, the tweaks made to Piledriver help lock down a commanding victory over Llano.

  • mayankleoboy1
    Nice scoop, Chris!
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  • Youngmind
    This is so exciting! AMD is probably going to dominate the lower-end and give the poor gamers like me more bang-for-buck as their IGP get better and better :)!
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  • dudewitbow
    depending on how its priced, its a really nice alternative for bare budget gaming that opens up a quad core as well
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  • I can't WAIT for this, HAIL AMD!!!!
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  • So this means that a 'Crossfired' Trinity APU would beat ANY similarly-priced Intel (CPU+discrete GPU) ???
    Well at least in gaming
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  • dudewitbow
    JiggerByteSo this means that a 'Crossfired' Trinity APU would beat ANY similarly-priced Intel (CPU+discrete GPU) ???Well at least in gaming
    really the question is what gpus are able to hybrid crossfire with it. the information was never public. not all amd gpus will hybrid crossfire with it.
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  • Well, where are the Ivy/Sandy i5's and i3's???

    Once they are pitted against each other, that will be A TRUE measure of the APU Trinity's marketability
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  • mayankleoboy1
    in the OpenCL Winzip benchmark, when openCL is enabled the workload is done only by the iGPU or the CPU as well ?

    i mean what is the processor usage during the benchmark ? are all CPU cores used? or only one?
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  • cangelini
    mayankleoboy1in the OpenCL Winzip benchmark, when openCL is enabled the workload is done only by the iGPU or the CPU as well ?i mean what is the processor usage during the benchmark ? are all CPU cores used? or only one?Good question--I'll take a look for you.
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  • monkeymonk
    This is awesome. Glad to hear pile driver is making improvements.
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