AMD A10-5800K Trinity APU Review

By on October 14, 2012
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Trinity is crowned the king of integrated graphics.

Good: Decent quad-core CPU performance; Great gaming performance for integrated GPU; FM2 platform supports next upgrade of CPUs; Can easily Crossfire with low-end AMD GPU.
Bad: Thermal rating still high compared to Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3; Modern DX11 based games not easily playable at 1080p.
Price: AED 500
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Gaming Benchmarks

Since this is an integrated GPU pretty much all the settings have been set to low, with built-in benchmarks and FRAPS used to benchmark various games.

While Unigine Heaven is an extremely demanding DX11 benchmark, it’s good to know that the A10-5800K can at least run it on 720p above 24fps which maintains the illusuion of smoothness in moving videos. Similarly highly demanding DX11 games like Metro 2033 and Battlefield shouldn’t be played at 1080p since the framerate is choppy at best. DX9 based gmaes with DX11 effects such as Tesselation, will indeed run smoothly on the A10 Trinity APUs. Indeed one can bump up a lot of graphical settings as is evident by Dirt 3 and Batman Arkham City.


The AMD A10-5800K ‘Trinity’ APU has undoubtedly one of the most powerful integrated graphics chip onboard. Playing any game out on the market is a piece of cake at 720p, with many DX9 based games easily playable at 1080p. And let’s face it, with the current development cycle of games where almost all publishers have the lead platforms as the home consoles, all new games up till this time next year should easily be playable on A10 Trinity boards. And once the going gets tough on the graphical front, there’s always the next generation of APUs to look forward to around exactly the same time next year.

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