3DMark scores are a very popular way of estimating average gaming performance of the graphics cards. Therefore we decided to start with 3DMark. Let’s check out the performance of our testing participants in Vantage version, which supports DirectX 10.
We immediately see the huge progress AMD APU made upon transitioning from Sumo to Devastator graphics core. The advantage of the Trinity processor over the flagship Llano solution is about 40%. As a result, the graphics performance of the A10-5800K based system is almost as high as that of the system with the discrete AMD Radeon HD 6570.
Newer version of 3DMark benchmark measures DirectX11 performance. Before, Intel processors couldn’t participate in tests like that and AMD APU would have to fly solo. However, new Intel HD Graphics 4000 core integrated into Ivy Bridge processors finally supports all contemporary software interfaces, so the Core i3-3225 processor is also present on the diagrams.
3DMark 11 produced extremely interesting results. According to this benchmark, the graphics core in A10-5800K managed to outperform the discrete Radeon HD 6570 graphics card. This is an excellent illustration of how efficient the VLIW4 architecture in Devastator actually is. I would like to remind you that Radeon HD 6570 graphics card uses an 800 MHz Turks graphics processor with VLIW5 architecture and has 480 streaming processors, while Devastator core has only 384 of them. However, as we can see, more execution units doesn’t always translate into better practical performance, which means that choosing VLIW4 design for Trinity was a very smart decision.
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Although graphics core of the A10-5800K processor managed to outperform the discrete Radeon HD 6570 in the synthetic 3DMark 11, things turn out completely different in real games. Here discrete graphics accelerator is far ahead of any integrated graphics core, including the Radeon HD 7660D. The memory bus with insufficient bandwidth obviously remains the bottleneck of any integrated graphics cores. However, it is important to point out that we are comparing Radeon HD 7660D against the Radeon HD 6570 graphics card featuring GDDR5 memory with high bandwidth. But had we used a “simpler” graphics card with DDR3 SDRAM in our tests, the new Devastator core would have undoubtedly demolished it.
Batman: Arkham City
The performance difference between the old and the new graphics core in AMD processors is about 30%. So in terms of graphics performance, the transition from Llano to Trinity is a justified move with great outcome. And this move hasn’t been encouraged by the growing competition with Intel: even the newest and fastest Intel GPU doesn’t stand a chance against AMD. Of course, intends to eliminate all entry-level graphics accelerators with DDR3 memory, such as Radeon HD 6570 or GeForce GT 630.
Of course, Radeon HD 7660D is not the same as a high-end or mainstream discrete graphics card. This solution is much slower. However, as we can see, the new integrated graphics core from AMD allows us to play contemporary games in FullHD resolution quite comfortably. Yes, we often have to use low image quality settings, but in return we get decent average fps rate. Radeon HD 7660D also doesn’t show any unexpected performance drops. For example, in Battlefield 3 the minimal momentary performance with low image quality settings is at a very acceptable level of 18 fps.
Even the newest first-person 3D shooter, Borderlands 2, runs without any serious problems on the new A10-5800K based system. Of course, you will not be able to enjoy all the graphics beauty, but unlike Intel processors with integrated graphics, the new AMD APU will let you play this game in 1920x1080 resolution without an external graphics accelerator.