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I read that Deneb Phenom II X4's + 790FX/GX chipsets + Radon HD4000 series GPUs make up the "Dragon" platform.

While Thuban Phenom II X6's + 890FX + Radeon HD5000 GPUs make up the "Leo" platform

It kind of seems the platforms were just marketing gimmicks to get you to buy both AMD processors and graphics cards. Where there any real performance gains in doing so with these hardware combinations? Also, what would my main rigs platform be listed under?

My mobo uses the 880G chipset.
 
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Using only an AMD GPU on an AMD CPU/chip-set is not mandatory as you know, neither does it offer any performance advantage over using those GPUs on an Intel platform. You can equivalently use nVidia GPU.

You're right it's just a marketing strategy to encourage AMD CPU buyers to buy AMD GPU so that they may say I have an AMD Dragon/Leo/Scorpion Platform rather than mentioning the long story of components. (AMD Scorpion platform is a 900-series chipset+Bullldozer processor+6000-series GPU)

In my personal opinion I feel that this is good, since AMD itself is suggesting that you use a particular class of their GPUs so there are minimum chances that it performs worse than on a comparable Intel platform (though as a fact, Intel CPU might feed GPU better giving you a couple of extra fps, but that's when games are not multi-threaded and optimized), so basically no visible performance gains of using AMD GPU with AMD CPU, actually in some cases it might perform worse as compared to it being used on an Intel platform, but only some cases.

Well, your rigs do not need to have a specific platform affiliation, if you are satisfied with what you have that's what matters the most thumb.gif
    
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Dragon platform was just a high end AMD/ATI GPU (or multiple) coupled with their best CPU and chipset at the time. Same for Leo. It was really just a part of market segmentation. It's AMD's way of telling you that those parts are intended for the best possible gaming experience out of all their offerings.

After Leo you had Scorpius

FX-81xx + 9 series chipset + HD 6800/6900

Then Volan

FX-83xx + 9 series chipset + HD 7800/7900

And I believe trinity fm2 is called Virgo platform
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