AMD’s latest interpretation of Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) has been brought to the desktop and mobile computing fronts in the form its Trinity APUs. The APU is built on a mature 32nm SOI process technology, using a second revision of the Bulldozer architecture called the Piledriver. The chip can run much more efficiently as the CPU and GPU of this next-generation APU work in tandem to run applications with improved compute power and lower power consumption.
The company also announced their new desktop APU socket, the FM2 that has been accompanied by a fresh flow of new motherboards. For the mobile computing platform, the Trinity mobile APUs power devices that have been touted as ultra-portable notebooks to Intel's Ultrabooks. Its top-end Trinity A10 mobile APU is even featured in a MSI gaming laptop, the 15.6-inch GX60.
In our guide, we have put together important aspects on Trinity and its accompanying hardware platform. We have uncovered the performance levels of the new APUs, from its raw compute prowess to its new AMD Radeon HD 7000 series integrated graphics stood against Intel's HD Graphics 4000 GPU. Last of all, check out the Socket FM2 motherboards for system builders who absolutely and positively need to build a Trinity-based desktop PC.
Reviews and Feature Articles
REVIEW / 31 Mar 2013 / By Kenny Yeo
We upgraded the earlier reviewed Sapphire Edge VS8 with a high-end SSD to investigate how much it can improve the system's performance or if the platform is still underpowered. Find out in our follow-up review of the this mini system and if it's worthwhile to do so.
REVIEW / 14 Mar 2013 / By Kenny Yeo
The Sapphire Edge VS8 Mini-PC is powered by AMD's new Trinity A8 APU and comes with everything you need minus the OS. We check it out to see how it fares against Intel's NUC Mini-PC kit.
FEATURE / 18 Feb 2013 / By Wong Chung Wee
With the introduction of the AMD Trinity desktop APUs that require the new AMD FM2 CPU socket, there has been a trickle of such motherboards from the usual board makers. We gathered four motherboards from ASUS, ASrock, Gigabyte and MSI that feature the AMD A85X chipset and put them to the test.
NEWS / 25 Jan 2013 / By Wong Chung Wee
Details of AMD's upcoming 'Richland' APUs have been leaked. According to Xbit Labs, the initial lineup of the next-generation APUs comprises four quad-core SKUs and two dual-core chips.
REVIEW / 28 Nov 2012 / By Wong Chung Wee
The AMD A10-5700 Trinity desktop APU is a 'quad-core' processor that's just a shade slower than the top tier AMD A10-5800K chip. With a rated clock speed of 3.8GHz, a Turbo Speed of up to 4.0GHz, a 65W TDP rating, it features a slightly slower Radeon HD 7660D graphics core. Would this multiplier-locked APU still present compelling value? We check it out!
REVIEW / 27 Nov 2012 / By Wong Chung Wee
We've seen the AMD Triniy A10-5800K APU perform admirably from an integrated graphics perspective, but can its other aspects also ring a positive bell? We tackle that question and its overall platform value in this review.
NEWS / 23 Nov 2012 / By Joy Hou
Sapphire has introduced the Sapphire Edge VS series, a new family of mini PCs based on the latest APU technology from AMD, codenamed Trinity.
NEWS / 20 Nov 2012 / By Wong Chung Wee
The local AMD office held an event for D-I-Y PC enthusiasts featuring systems powered by AMD Trinity APUs. We were given a sneak preview of the exhibits and one of the highlights of this event was an AMD Eyefinity gaming demonstration across three LCD displays for an immersive user experience!
NEWS / 20 Nov 2012 / By James Lu
MSI has announced the launch of the GX60, a 15-inch AMD-powered gaming notebook running on Windows 8 OS and armed with an AMD Trinity A10 quad-core processor and AMD Radeon HD 7970M GPU.
NEWS / 15 Nov 2012 / By Joy Hou
Zotac has launched the new A75-ITX WiFi B-series and A55-ITX WiFi B-series mini-ITX platforms for second gen AMD A-series (Trinity) APUs.
NEWS / 05 Nov 2012 / By Wong Chung Wee
Sony is rumored to be shipping its second generation PlayStation 4 development kits to selected game studios. According to VG24/7, the hardware of the kits is housed inside of a typical PC chassis, with a third revision expected sometime in January 2014.
NEWS / 05 Oct 2012 / By Wong Chung Wee
According to the local AMD office, the Trinity desktop APUs will be available at the end of this month. Their pricing will be made only be known then. Hence, do expect these APUs to be on the shelves by November when their accompanying Socket FM2 motherboards are on sale as well.
Based on the new AMD A85X chipset and FM2 socket, the F2A85 Series motherboards come with a variety of ASUS-exclusive features including Dual Intelligent Processors 3, GPU Boost, USB BIOS Flashback tool, and Remote GO!.
A full-sized ATX board, the Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT supports the latest gen AMD APU A10/A8/A6/A4 series Trinity processors utilizing socket FM2.
Called the X-Boost, it automatically overclocks to a maximum of 15.77% performance boost on the CPU when triggered.
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