AMD's upcoming 'Trinity' APU is expected to swing into production as early as January 2012 and arrive in actual products somewhere around late Q1 and early Q2. Although details are rather thin regarding performance, the Turks over at DonanimHaber have posted yet another batch of leaked AMD slides, this time comparing the company's second generation APUs for desktops to their Llano predecessors.
Overall, Trinity appears to be around 20% faster in general-purpose tasks and 30% faster in graphics processing applications compared to existing chip. In 3DMark Vantage, AMD's Trinity A8 and A6 parts scored around 1000 points more than their Llano counterparts. The Trinity A4-series saw a less impressive gain of around 500 points but that still represented a 23% improvement.
In "general performance" benchmarks, based on the PCMark Vantage suite, Trinity APUs overtake their predecessors by 10%-20% margins while on the "compute capacity" benchmark the Trinity A8-series stands out with a 72% increase over its Llano counterpart. Keep in mind that these numbers represent the company's own internal testing and should be taken with a grain of salt.
AMD also claims a significant improvement when pairing A8-, A6- and A4-series Trinity parts with a discrete Turks Pro GPU (aka Radeon HD 6570) in a dual graphics configuration.
AMD's second-generation APU for mainstream personal computers (Comal for notebooks and Virgo for desktops) will be made using 32nm SOI HKMG process technology at GlobalFoundries. Trinity will feature up to four "Piledriver" cores, which are enhanced variants of the Bulldozer core found on FX Series processors, as well as AMD Radeon HD 7000-series "Southern Islands" graphics core with DirectX 11-class graphics support, DDR3 memory controller and other improvements. The chips will be compatible with new FM2 sockets.
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