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Trinity vs. Piledriver - Which fits better for my needs?

Poll Results: Trinity or Piledriver?

 
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    Trinity
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    Piledriver
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post #1 of 8
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So, I've been in limbo between the Trinity and the Piledriver CPUs, because I honestly don't know what to choose. I've been leaning towards Trinity because it has a rather great iGPU incase my main one dies (already had two NVIDIAs died on me because of mysterious reasons), though I'm worry that it's CPU performance might bottleneck my main (i.e. 7870). Plus, the FM2 will be supported for 3 years, with HSA and all that.

On the other hand, Piledriver is about to launch and the 6-core is looking highly attractive for its price. I would get a lot more CPU horsepower with it, but I would loose the emergency iGPU. That, and AM3+ last CPUs will be with Steamroller.

I'm in desperate need for an upgrade. I'm still stuck with my 6-years-old Athlon 64 X2. I wanna put to rest.



In the end, what should I pick? My uses are mainly 1080p Gaming @ Maxed Settings.
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post #2 of 8
It sounds like you're a gamer so Piledriver.
 
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post #3 of 8
Since you already have the 7870, I think Piledriver would be your best bet as I'm fairly certain the Trinity APU will bottleneck your card.

It really comes down to budget and what you are willing to spend; and while the FM2 is supposed to have longer support than the AM3+ I think the PD chip will offer a longer lasting upgrade than the APU.... besides, unless Excavator uses a drastically different architecture, and going off of previous AMD chipsets, I would say it is a good bet that any of the PD chips will work on the newer MB much like the Phenoms can run on an AM3+ board, allowing for a more gradual upgrade over time.

A third option, depending on your budget might be to nab a Phenom II and a 990FX board and wait until Steamroller...
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post #4 of 8
Definitely a Piledriver CPU. Those new models should be released this week.

Though it's unknown whether the Socket AM3+ 900 series mobo chipsets will support Steamroller. My guess is that those will but nothing is certain at this point.

I would definitely recommend the 8 core/4 module Driveler models too. If that's too expensive for your budget, then consider a Phenom II X4 4 core CPU, like a 965 with a Socket AM3+ mobo. smile.gif
    
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post #5 of 8
Unlike everyone above me, I would imagine that the extra 2 threads would provide nearly no benefit in games, even more so when his GPU isn't a total beast anyway.

So a quad-core Trinity would most likely be plenty.


EDIT: oh, your sig rig already lists Trinity. Guess I was late to the party. >_> Though, that same rig lists a 7850... uh, inconsistencies much?
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post #6 of 8
Trinity is limited by the iGPU, it reaches about 4.6GHz until its hits a wall. From what I have been seeing FX-4300 and FX-6300, along with several 8320/50's are hitting 5.0GHz on around 1.45-1.55v. So you could squeeze a bunch of extra performance out of Vishera if you ever plan on overclocking. If your main GPU ever quits you can just buy a cheap one off ebay for about $15. Like a HD 4350, until you can save up for a new one. I would recommend picking up at least a FX-6300.
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post #7 of 8
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That's my proposed rig... Hehe. It's always changing to either a Piledriver or Trinity biggrin.gif

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post #8 of 8
Oh, well then fix the inconsistency between where your post says 7870 and your rig says 7850. tongue.gif

In particular, since the 7850 is weaker than the 7870 you would likely have even less of a difference between Trinity and Vishera.
 
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