Originally Posted by G3RG
I'm sorry but this is completely incorrect. Llano APU's completely trounce HD 4000 graphics, and Trinity is expected to be at least 50% better on the gpu.
Intel and AMD both made huge strides this GPU generation (Intel 60%, AMD 50%), so Trinity is better, but HD 4000 is good. In any case, the new Ivy iGPUs are definitely not "crap," as you stated.
As for Llano and HD 4000, they are nearly equal on the laptop front:
Originally Posted by BankaiKiller
I'll take a better gpu/ gpu combination for price and performance with a decent cpu, then a good cpu from intel and crap graphics for the same competing price thanks.
amd has the better balanced system for price and performance
I'll quote the following for your benefit:
[Referring to APU+GPU crossfire] "The combination also suffers from micro stuttering (different spaces between two images lead to stuttering altough the framerate is high enough for fluent gaming with only one GPU). The performance of the Dual Graphics solution depends greatly on the driver support for the used games. In some games the performance may even degrade by 10-15% compared to using only the APU graphics card. "
- Notebook Review
As I said, asymmetric crossfire drivers are far from perfect. A SB (or Ivy) with a GT 560m will provide much better CPU performance, battery life, and very similar GPU performance if not better considering the microsttutering and minimum framerates of the APU+GPU combo.Edited by born2bwild - 4/25/12 at 11:26pm