..AMD needs a clear, coherent strategy if it's to leverage the obvious good in its latest A-series APU, especially as the upgrade to a Trinity-based part requires further investment in a FM2-supporting motherboard.
Nearly five months on from the release of the laptop-bound Trinity APU and just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, AMD outs the desktop variant of its latest CPU-and-GPU technology.
The transition from 35W mobile part to 100W desktop enables AMD to increase the Trinity APU's speeds considerably, with the range-topping A10-5800K punching in at a maximum 4.2GHz CPU and 800MHz GPU.
Understanding that the CPU architecture is something of a side-step while the integrated GPU is plain better than anything that has gone before, the £100 APU provides a solid fit for everyday applications - generally matching Intel's comparable processor in CPU-intensive tests and handing it a Bane-esque beating in GPU-related tasks.
We'd absolutely purchase a desktop Trinity APU over a previous-generation Llano, and while the chip has the technical merit to compete against Intel's Core series, we recommend AMD take another look at introducing yet more lower-wattage models and incentivising motherboard partners to marry them up with price-conscious Mini-ITX boards.
AMD needs a clear, coherent strategy if it's to leverage the obvious good in its latest A-series APU, especially as the upgrade to a Trinity-based part requires further investment in a FM2-supporting motherboard. A keen focus on value, form factor and energy efficiency will ensure that AMD APUs become fundamentally viable competitors for low-to-mid-range Intel Core chips.
Solid CPU and class-leading GPU performance
Very competitive pricing
New motherboard needed
Power-draw may be a concern
AMD A10-5800K Trinity desktop APU
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