These Brand New AMD A-Series Processors Could Power Your Next Desktop

AMD just announced the processor that could power your next desktop: the second generation A-Series processor. It has more cores for more power, integrated graphics with the AMD Radeon HD 7000 for graphics and puts a high priority on power efficiency.

As it is with AMD laptop chips we saw earlier this year, it's all about the graphics these days. The new desktop A-series chips comes built-in with the AMD Radeon HD 7000 GPU so that its CPU and GPU can combine to give as much performance as possible. AMD says its new A-Series 'Trinity' chips are 25% faster than last generations 'Llano' chip, according to PCMark 7. The 3DMark 11 test shows 37% improvement.

The headliner of the Trinity desktop chips is the AMD A10-5800K, it's a quad-core processor with a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and a 4MB cache. At the other end, you'll get the AMD A4-5300 which is a dual-core processor with a base clock speed of 3.4GHz and a 1MB cache.

The processors will be available on October 2.



    Must have a completely different mindset than arstechnia... I agreed with there review that AMD chips are slowly losing relevance in the desktop market.

    Why care if their integrated graphics is better than intel? I have dual 580's.

      Just because you do, does not mean that everyone does. (Though I have 2 Gainward Phantom II 580's) The most important thing for AMD is actually the people who aren't spending too much money who want to enter the gaming market. Think about it this way, getting Crossfire Performance for the price of one Graphics processor which means they can either spend more on RAM or save money.

    AMD are almost entirely out of the PC market. Their chips are only used in severely low end consumer PC's and obviously there are the die hard AMD gamer fanatics that won't stop using AMD until they stop making AMD.

    "AMD is actually the people who aren’t spending too much money who want to enter the gaming market"

    No body trying to enter the gaming market is going to get away with an onboard GPU/CPU combo chip. No matter how good AMD/Intel say there chip is they are not going to carry you through any modern games. The way I see it is that you are better off buying a slower processor without the onboard GPU and then spending the saved money on an early 7000 series or 600 series dedicated GPU.

    yeah I have to agree that these have their place, I have my ivy bridge pc with dual 7950 cards etc. but wanted to build a small htpc for the bedroom for streaming movies and music and am extremely happy with the little A6 box I banged together for $300. So yeah not designed for a gaming pc but still have their relevance.

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