AMD A8-5600K (Trinity) Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅02-10-12
Features & Specifications

Model Name: A8-5600K
Radeon™ Brand: HD 7560D
CPU Clock Speed: 3.6/3.9 GHz
CPU Cores on Die: 4 cores
TDP: 100W
Total L2 Cache: 4MB
Radeon™ Cores on Die: 256
GPU Clock Speed: 760 MHz
DDR3 Speed: 1866MHz
Instruction Set Extensions MMX(+) SSE (1,2,3,3S,4.1,4.2,4A) x86-64, AMD-V, AES, AVX, XOP, FMA4/3
Die size 246mm²
Lithography 32nm

- AMD Eyefinity Technology - Immerse yourself in panoramic gaming and entertainment across up to four monitors with AMD Eyefinity Technology.

- AMD HD Media Accelerator - Experience HD video the way you should with accelerated conversion and smooth playback from AMD HD Media Accelerator.

- AMD Quick Stream Technology - Stop waiting for the buffer to catch up – get fast, smooth internet streaming with the powerful APU graphics with AMD Quick Stream Technology.

- AMD Steady Video Technology 2.0 - Vacation video shouldn’t make you dizzy – helping to eliminate shaking from home video is only one click away with AMD Steady Video Technology 2.0. Automatically stabilize home and Web video with advanced settings and one click control.

- AMD Perfect Picture HD - Images jump off the page and burst into life in vivid color with enhanced resolution and contrast of AMD Perfect Picture HD.

- AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics - Push graphics and gaming performance to the extreme with the power of two - AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics.

- AMD Radeon™ HD Graphics - Get everything you ever wanted out of your graphics – crisp & sharp photos, movies and games with the phenomenal discrete-level performance of AMD Radeon™ HD Graphics.

- AMD Turbo Core Technology 3.0 - Amazing performance when you’re pushing your system to the limits, with scaled back power consumption for everyday activities to help keep your system running cool & quiet.

- AMD Accelerated Video Converter - Take your tunes & movies with you - convert, sync and enjoy your video and music files quickly and easily with AMD Accelerated Video Converter.

AMD HD3D Technology - Become part of the 3D gaming and entertainment experience with cutting-edge AMD HD3D Technology.
AMD Internet Acceleration - Get your browsing done quickly with Web sites that load fast with AMD Internet Acceleration.
AMD App Acceleration - Speed up everyday applications with the power of more graphics cores and AMD App Acceleration.

Trinity Die Shot

As Trinity is still on 32nm process, the die area has expanded a little over Llano to 246mm² but because of this AMD has been able to include technologies such as Eyefinity and the AMD HD Media Accelerator/Converter. Though we can also note a reduction in Radeon cores, the new architecture should prove more efficient and deliver capable performance.

Desktop Trinity line up

The A8-5600K comes in with the CPU clocked at 3.6GHz with a turbo of up to 3.9 GHz, and the HD 7560D iGPU clocked up to 760MHz. These clocks are significantly higher than what we saw in Llano and is likely needed to help keep up the performance lost by the CPU architecture change (no miracles here), and having lower GPU cores. Regardless, with the new features that Trinity offers, if it can maintain and improve performance in the same power frame the general consumer wins.

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