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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 08:31

Trinity has fewer Radeon cores, but more efficient

Written by Fuad Abazovic



HD 7660 Turks XT based GPU inside


AMD’s soon to launch A10 5800K is a 100W quad-core Trinity 32nm CPU with 3.8 GHz base clock and 4.2GHz maximal clock possible with AMD turbo core dynamic overclocking technology.

The A10 5800K has 4MB of L2 cache, supports DDR3 1866, dual graphics configurations as well as AMD’s new FM2 socket. The fun part is new HD 7660D GPU that works at 800MHz and comes with 384 shader units. The current APU market leader A8 3870K that works at 3GHz has HD 6550 graphics with 400 cores running at 600MHz.

AMD claims that new Radeon cores from Trinity CPU including A10 5800K are more efficient and this is the main reason why you have fewer cores that can deliver superior performance. The other reason is that with 800MHz core clock they can probably process more data, meaning that HD 7660D of A10 5800K should end up quite a bit faster than the Llano A8 3870K.

All these Radeon cores are a key feature of the Vision Engine that accelerates GPU enabled applications. AMD also tells the world that Trinity is DirectX 11 compatible, supports Direct compute and the new A series of processors, including the A10 5800K all the way to dual-core A4 5300, should not have any issues playing Blu-ray 3D. The GPU part of Trinity supports AMD V, UVD3 as well as Open CL acceleration.

The Virgo platform with new FM2 socket for Trinity A 5000 parts sounds like the fastest gaming platform with integrated and the fact that the 7660D integrated in A10 5800K can work with Turks XT, Radeon HD 7670 in dual graphics combination (some sort of Crossfire ed.) sounds like a very interesting option that might make the Lynx platform appealing for casual gamers, or those on a tight budget.

The only catch is that Radeon HD 7670 is 800MHz card with 512MB memory meant for OEMs, not retail but you can give a closer look at its specs here.

Fuad Abazovic

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