The New AMD Processor That Could Power Your Next Laptop

The New AMD Processor That Could Power Your Next Laptop


You didn’t think AMD was going to let Intel get all the cool new processor attention with Ivy Bridge, did you? AMD’s latest and greatest is now: Trinity. It’s runs fast, cool, efficiently, and packs some terrific graphical tricks.


you might say ultra


AMD’s teamed with developers to make sure programs like Photoshop, Handbrake, VLC, WinZip, and every major browser get a swift kick in the arse from Trinity’s graphical guts, along with beefed up HD video playback. The GPU acceleration uses an open standard, too, so you can bet AMD is pushing more devs to team up.

It’s an interesting approach — AMD is essentially ceding the CPU war to Intel as pointless, with the presumption that GPU acceleration is going to matter more in the long run. A war they can win, having absorbed the Radeon mojo. We’ll have to wait until independent benchmarks come in to see whether Trinity delivers what AMD’s promising, but it’s an exciting way to think about computing, and one it’s sort of betting the farm on.