Could AMD's Top-end Trinity APU Cost only $130?
It's been too long since AMD went toe-to-toe with Intel in terms of matching CPU price/performance ratio, but these reported pricing leaks from AMD's upcoming Trinity APU lineup looks promising, to say the least. Spending $130 on an Intel chip usually warrants a lowly dual-core Core i3, but retailer BLT indicates that an overclockable 3.8GHz quad core Trinity A10 APU (with Radeon HD 7660D graphics) will also cost the same amount. For those looking for even more value, $60 could net you a dual-core A4-5300 APU. The Trinity APUs will all feature graphics based on the Radeon HD 7000-series, which comes with improved video playback and comprehensive DirectX 11 graphics functionality. Of course, even if these rumors turn out out to be true, Intel might be ready for a counterattack with a few timely Ivy Bridge price adjustments too. Along with an infinitely better on-board graphics solution, AMD's Trinity APUs will hopefully provide users a viable alternative to Intel's more dominant Ivy Bridge offerings.