AMD's Trinity APU at CES, Shipping in Mid-2012by Anand Lal Shimpi on January 12, 2012 8:45 PM EST
AMD has a bunch of cool stuff to show off at this year's CES. The first is the most expected: a demo of its upcoming Trinity APU. The demo started out with a desktop chassis driving two displays: one transcoding video using the CPU cores and one playing DiRT 3 at low quality settings. The big surprise is at the end of the video below.
Trinity will be available in the middle of the year in three configurations: a 65W - 100W TDP desktop part, a 35 - 45W notebook part and a 17W ULV part. The three are pictured below in that order:
AMD claims the 17W Trinity should offer similar aggregate CPU/GPU performance to existing Llano notebook APUs at ~35W. The standard voltage notebook Trinity APU will offer a 25% increase in CPU performance and a 50% increase in GPU performance over the A-series Llano APUs available today. Finally the desktop Trinity will be 15% faster on the CPU side and 25% faster on the GPU. Although AMD didn't disclose details, it's likely that these numbers are comparing a two-module Piledriver based Trinity to a quad-core Llano.
The CPU gains seem modest on the desktop Trinity, but the standard voltage notebook part is pretty interesting as the gains should be enough to mostly bring it up to mobile Sandy Bridge performance (if AMD's numbers are correct).
Trinity is likely going to maintain the integrated GPU performance advantage AMD currently holds, even when Ivy Bridge arrives.
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chuckula - Thursday, January 12, 2012 - linkAll the people yelling at Anandtech for paying more attention to Intel at CES are forgetting the difference in the PRESENCE between Intel & AMD. Intel had multiple major product announcements, a keynote, and a huge presence all over CES this year. AMD had... this booth with a sample of Trinity and a couple of "tablets" that will likely never see the light of day commercially. The Trinity part is certainly interesting, but while CES seems to be overrun with Ivy Bridge based Ultrabooks, every single hardware site (including the ones NOT regularly accused of being Intel schills) has had a video of this exact setup. In fact, Anand got more information out of these AMD guys than most of the other sites that are supposedly AMD friendly.
CES is a multi-day bonanza and Anand fully covered everything that AMD had to show... and did it a day early to boot since CES goes through tomorrow.
This is what happens when you basically fire EVERYONE who did your marketing. Now, I'm not saying there weren't reasons to fire those guys (they weren't very good), but when you break down all the lines of communication with someone like Anand, you don't get to whine and complain that it's "not fair" that Anand refuses to use psychic powers to telegraph all your awesome products to the masses. If AMD wants more attention, they need to take the bull by the horns instead of whining about how life isn't fair.
Morg. - Friday, January 13, 2012 - linkErr ... Anandtech is Intel-biased since forever . Good thing you came to realize it eventually --
But .. if you were a reviewer, it'd be the same, Intel is very nice with the reviewers where AMD seems to lack the budget ;)
MrSpadge - Friday, January 13, 2012 - linkYou seem to be too you to remember anything before Core 2.
B3an - Saturday, January 14, 2012 - linkJust do us all a favour and jump off a bridge or something, you immature little fanboy prick.
shatteredx - Thursday, January 12, 2012 - linkHaha, thanks for the chuckle. The anti-Intel trolls have been an amusing sideshow to go along with the CES 2012 reporting.
grrrrr - Friday, January 13, 2012 - linkNot to mention even-more-amusing Intel's misunderstanding of the phrase "video game"
Morg. - Friday, January 13, 2012 - linkErrr .. you intel schill ! ?
Nice trolling btw.
medi01 - Friday, January 13, 2012 - linkEven broken clock shows correct time 2 times a day.
SleepyFE - Friday, January 13, 2012 - linkmust remember that one.
MrSpadge - Friday, January 13, 2012 - linkWow, you nailed it!