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I have been trying to think of how to sum up what AMD dropped off here this week and I think a defining moment came while I was playing DiRT 3 at 43 FPS with settings on high at 1080p. I looked over at the large windowed case that I assembled this new platform in and saw only a motherboard and some memory looking back at me. What AMD has engineered here is a rather amazing platform. If you need a multitasking center and a fully featured multimedia center, and workstation, and a gaming machine, well here you go. I was just afforded a look at the retail pricing for the flagship of the A-series and it will be available for $122. By my calculations that means for around $400 you can put together all of the above.
The A85X chipset is equally impressive with its range of features and possibilities with eight SATA 6Gb/s ports, the ability to drive three monitors from the motherboard using the integrated graphics, the ability to double your graphics power with a $50-$80 discrete card to work in tandem with the on-die graphics and the list goes on. The CPU half of the die has been improved but is not going to set the world on fire and against Intel it is on par with the i3s. It leaves me wondering why the L3 is missing in Trinity, and what the 8MB of L3 will mean to Vishera.
The GPU power and the change to modern architecture is exciting to see as well as reaping benefits to this great platform. On a single die you have a reasonably powerful quad-core CPU and 384 powerful GPU cores with the clever engineering to throttle and move around these resources lightning fast to accommodate the task at hand. This is in addition to a fully featured video encoder/decoder and a unified northbridge. Add to this an additional half a gigahertz of free performance on the CPU side and enough overclocking headroom on the GPU side to almost kick it up to the power of the next rung on the graphic ladder, and you have something that does not come close to existing anywhere on the market in price-performance or in functionality.
AMD has stated that with Trinity it set out to deliver a product that is greater than the sum of its parts, and I believe it has. And AMD has some pretty good parts in its own right.
- GPU is greatly improved
- Graphics options
- Improved CPU cores (IPC)
- Overclocking of both CPU and GPU
- Eyefinity capabilities From motherboard
- Eight SATA 6Gb/s with A85X Chipset
- Moderate gaming capabilities
- Thermal performance
- On-die UVD3
- Socket FM2 longevity
- CPU performance not as improved as expected