Tuesday, May 8th 2012

AMD Trinity APU Launch Confirmed for May

It's confirmed that AMD's "Trinity" APUs, which started shipping to ODMs in mid-April, will launch in May, only that these will be the mobile variants of the APUs, featured in mainstream and compact notebooks, and value netbooks. The launch of desktop variants of these chips will have to wait till August. A DigiTimes report points out that the new Piledriver microarchitecture-based Trinity APUs will bring with them up to 25% increase in processing performance, and up to 50% increase in graphics performance, over current-generation "Llano" APUs.

Source: DigiTimes
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35 Comments on AMD Trinity APU Launch Confirmed for May

#1
reverze
greats news. been waiting for this.
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#3
Isenstaedt
by: btarunr
up to 50% increase in processing performance, and up to 25% increase in graphics performance
That would be much better.
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#4
NC37
by: Isenstaedt
That would be much better.
Still thats a nice jump considering how poor Bulldozer was. 720 laptops are going to be nice. Dual GPU laptops will be even better. But Intel will own the 1080 with their CPUs + discrete. They got the high end squared away.

What is more important is how much Trinity can do besides CPU/GPU. They added a lot of other attractive tech for battery life/etc too. If the price is right...it will be good competition. Force Intel to be more aggressive on prices to compensate. Also to finally maybe innovate their IGPs. But we'll see about that come Haswell. Figured it would take Intel about 3 gens to get something competitive to APUs.
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#5
Rowsol
These are going to be great cpus
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#6
hardcore_gamer
by: Rowsol
These are going to be great APUs
Fixed:toast:
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#7
JKnows
Whatever will be the CPU performance, I can wait few more seconds to decompress something. 35W TDP is great with strong graphics, hope to see in more expensive laptops as well, not only in the crappy ones.
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#8
sparkyar
piledriver has a 25% improvement at the same clocks?
seems fishy :wtf:
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#9
sergionography
by: sparkyar
piledriver has a 25% improvement at the same clocks?
seems fishy :wtf:
nowhere in this post did it say anything about having the same clock, 25% improvement in the same tdp/power envelope
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#10
Vinska
by: sparkyar
piledriver has a 25% improvement with slightly higher clocks?
seems legit :D
Joined the bandwagon, and: Fix'd :3
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#11
Fourstaff
Would be nice if they focused on power consumption figures instead, the APUs have a noticeably poorer battery life than the Intel ones, even after considering their beefier graphics.
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#12
xenocide
by: sparkyar
piledriver has a 25% improvement at the same clocks?
seems fishy :wtf:
If I recall the clocks are actually significantly higher.
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#13
dicobalt
25% IPC increase? I would bet on something more like 8-10% for most applications.
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#14
Dj-ElectriC
A8 3850 +25%? HD6550D +50%? seems like a fair deal
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#15
meirb111
25% that wil make it as fast as phenom ii :o
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#16
naoan
by: meirb111
25% that wil make it as fast as phenom ii :o
Umm the claim is against Llano which is actually a faster Phenom II already. But it's a moot argument anyway since they need higher clockspeed to attain that (now if power consumption come into the play...).

Make you wonder what's the point of using BD architecture in APU eh?
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#17
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: naoan
Make you wonder what's the point of using BD architecture in APU eh?
Each "core" is smaller, it allows more room for the GPU and other components. A BD module (2 threads) was something like what, 35% bigger than a single Phenom core?
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#18
Dent1
by: meirb111
25% that wil make it as fast as phenom ii :o
So Bulldozer was 25% slower than Phenom II? :slap:

So Llano was 25% slower than Phenom II? :slap:
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#19
Dj-ElectriC
At games in average the A8 3850 was like the phenom II 955 so 25%+ should be like the 980... or who knows, maybe even better
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#20
Vulpesveritas
by: Dj-ElectriC
At games in average the A8 3850 was like the phenom II 955 so 25%+ should be like the 980... or who knows, maybe even better
Better, given the new instruction set support like AVX. The A10 two high en variants I've heard about are a 100w part with unlocked multiplier, 3.9ghz speed, 4.2ghz turbo, and a 3.6ghz 65w part. Both with an integrated Radeon HD 7660g.
So fun to note, PD-L3 is looking to be as fast clock for clock as Llano and clock higher, and retain or inprove power efficiency. Wonder how PD+L3 will look on AM3+.
But I suppose we'll wait for Wiz's review.
Though, since the chips are out this month, shouldn't we start seeing boards soon?
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#21
Jizzler
Yay...? I guess I'll be more excited in August.
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#22
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Isn't Trinity supposed to sport piledriver cores? Does this mean Trinity is coming before Piledriver FX cpus?
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#23
Vinska
by: Aquinus
Isn't Trinity supposed to sport piledriver cores? Does this mean Trinity is coming before Piledriver FX cpus?
Exactly.
Man, I wish Piledriver FX cpus would come out at the same time as Trinity, or even sooner.
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#25
sergionography
by: Vinska
Exactly.
Man, I wish Piledriver FX cpus would come out at the same time as Trinity, or even sooner.
not really, amd is adapting a new tick tock like policy were late piledriver cores will be better than the early ones in the apu's, so they will release pd in trinity now and keep enhancing it untill they get to the fx chips, so from this point they still have another 4-5 month to work on the cores
trinity=early piledriver
vishera=late piledriver+L3 cache
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