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Trinity is finally here. In comparison to Llano, it is much improved and has a new architecture despite having similar structural dimensions. We're definitely pleased by the improved power usage while idle, an important area that AMD clearly has the advantage on over Intel.

The Radeon HD 7660G chip sets new standards for IGPs and leaves the brand-new Intel HD Graphics 4000 behind in the dust. In our benchmarks, the IGP was able to reach the level of a Mobility Radeon HD 5650. Also worth mentioning: the great GPU Compute performance (with OpenCL & DirectCompute) should open up new doors for novice programmers and general users.

The integrated Video Transcoding unit (AVC) tries to compete with Intel's QuickSync, but the overall performance boost is not enough to dethrone the Intel encoding solution.

The new Piledriver CPU cores offer AES, AVX and FMA3. Unfortunately, the cores themselves could not match Intel's high-end processors. The multi-core performance is at about the same level of Llano processors, whereas the single-core performance is significantly higher. Intel's processors are much faster and on average the A10-4600M is only as fast as an old Core i3-2310M (entry-level dual-core CPU). We were hoping for more.

AMD stresses the aggregate performance of the Trinity system as a whole instead of the individual CPU. The PCMark and PCMark 7 results of our test model show that the A10-4600M can hold its own with high-end notebooks.

Overall, the AMD A10 APU is at the level of entry-level Intel CPUs, but with a much stronger IGP. However, as soon as a dedicated GPU comes into play, the CPU cores could become a key bottleneck.

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So I'm either going Ivy Bridge with a 640m or 650m GT, or Trinity with the A10.

Main uses are mobile gaming, and I need a good battery life. Thoughts? Which one performs better?
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couple of things


This is the review I also checked because the reviews that OCN mostly listed were freaking worthless and the threads just turned into Piledriver vs sandybridge vs ivybridge crap fests.



The problem with this particular review is threefold.

1) none of the ivy bridge or trinity laptops are released. Heck except for the samsung none of them have a price point.

2) the samsung 300e5a-s01 is NOT an i3 its an i5 and its 900 dollars (its the only one with a listed price)

3) its comparing CPU benchmarks and we know that ivy (heck sandy) is going to trounce all over trinity in that. I wish they had compared the FPS benchmarks for the games they listed.



What really astonished and pleased me was this thing will even run BF3 on ultra.. yes its 6 frames per second.. please show me another integrated card that will run BF3 much less on ultra and not catch fire or fry the board. Call me impressed. If these things are in the 5 to 600 dollar price point you can count me in.

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So I'm either going Ivy Bridge with a 640m or 650m GT, or Trinity with the A10.
Main uses are mobile gaming, and I need a good battery life. Thoughts? Which one performs better?

Its all about budget... 800+ = Ivy .. <800 dollars go with trinity.
 
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So I'm either going Ivy Bridge with a 640m or 650m GT, or Trinity with the A10.
Main uses are mobile gaming, and I need a good battery life. Thoughts? Which one performs better?

Well have to wait for more reviews of actual laptops , but I dont think you can expect much battery life from Ivy + discrete gpu (at least not compared to Trinity).
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Well have to wait for more reviews of actual laptops , but I dont think you can expect much battery life from Ivy + discrete gpu (at least not compared to Trinity).

Well, Ivy Bridge with GT640m gets about 4 hours battery according to lenovo. Y480 model.
 
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AMD did good this round.
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Edited by Rotsae - 4/1/14 at 11:14pm
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I like how it's just 3 fps better than the HD4000 at Unigine Heaven.
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I like how it's just 3 fps better than the HD4000 at Unigine Heaven.

That 3 fps amounts to 30% difference in framerates. rolleyes.gif
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