|AMD Trinity APU A10-5800K & A8-5600K Preview|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Wednesday, 26 September 2012|
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AMD A-Series "Trinity" Socket FM2 APU Preview
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, INC. (AMD)
Product Name: A10-5800K and A8-5600K
Model Number: AD580KWOHJBOX and AD560KWOHJBOX
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by AMD.
In mid-2011, AMD released their first generation of Accelerated Processing Units codenamed "Llano". Benchmark Reviews was right there with the scoop on the A8-3850 Lynx APU, which provided significantly improved performance over its Sandy Bridge competitor, especially in GPU-centric benchmarks. Now Intel has released Ivy Bridge, which increased performance over Sandy Bridge, and AMD has responded by releasing their second generation of APUs.
Now, it's no secret that the highest-end Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs hold the top spots in performance. Even back with the Athlon series of CPUs, however, AMD has had a firm hold on the sub-$200 region of processors. For me, the new FX series of AMD CPUs was a little disappointing. The price wasn't right and the performance fell under the Sandy Bridge CPUs. The first generation of A-Series processors turned it right back around for me. Dollar for dollar, Llano wiped the floor once again. That makes me very excited to take a look at Trinity.
I do have a couple of issues with the new series of APUs, though. My biggest concern is the new socket. Trinity uses the FM2 socket where Llano used the FM1 socket. FM2 is not backwards compatible. This kind of blows my mind. AM2, AM2+, AM3, and even AM3+ were all backwards compatible. That was one of the things that I always loved about AMD. When Intel required you to buy the combo, AMD let you upgrade one piece at time. Now the world has turned upside down. Ivy Bridge is backwards compatible and Trinity is not. What is that all about?I can't complain yet, though. Let's reserve judgment until after we've seen what these new APUs can do. You can be sure that Benchmark Reviews will be here with all of the in-depth benchmarks and tests to show you just where the Trinity processors stand when the release date finally arrives. For now though, let's take a sneak peek at the A10-5800 and the A8-5600 APUs.