AMD A10-5800K “Trinity” APU Review With Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard
AMD launched their first APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) platform
codenamed “Llano” in 2011 which merged the GPU and CPU architecture on a
single die. We have already seen integrated graphics solutions from
Intel on their processors under the HD Graphics brand so what was so
special about these newly released chips by AMD when Intel has already
been doing the same thing since Sandy Bridge generation of processors?
What AMD has did with their APUs is that they added a graphics parts that was already available on the discrete
graphics solution, merged it along side the CPU core and what consumers
got were much more visual horsepower to manage visually demanding
applications in a low power package. The first APU platform was co-developed for both laptops (Brazos based on Bobact architecture) and Llano for desktops which is based on the K10 architecture
Although the first generation of APUs failed to attract a wider desktop audience which later become a known reason for the delay of
AMD’s second generation APU platform since the company wanted to clear
out the remaining chips that hadn’t been sold. Though they didn’t gain
much attention over at the desktop end, AMD still had faith and with a
strong know-how of the new APU platform waited for the right moment to
launch their 2nd generation of APUs codenamed “Trinity”.
AMD Trinity Merges x86 CPU With Radeon Core
In October 2012, AMD released their latest “Trinity” APU platform as
the worlds first Accelerated Processing Unit that featured x86
architecture and powered with Radeon cores.