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AMD announces UK Trinity A10, A8, A6, A4 pricing

AMD announces UK Trinity A10, A8, A6, A4 pricing

AMD's desktop Trinity chips appear to be able to hold their own against similarly-priced Intel parts, but how will they perform in the real world?

AMD has officially released UK pricing for its Trinity-based accelerated processing units (APUs.) as the chips go on sale in the UK.

As the company's launch presentation proved, the new Trinity range covers a wide variety of use cases from the A10 models with impressive integrated graphics capabilities to the low-power home-office A6 and A4 models. One thing AMD wasn't sharing at the time, however, was pricing - a key metric when comparing the chips to similar models from bitter rival Intel, which currently leads the way in raw performance terms.

The guessing game is now over: retailers in the UK went live with their pricing this morning, while AMD released official recommended retail prices for the entire range.

Starting at the top: the A10-5800K Black Edition APU costs £99, while the A10-5700 is going for £89 thanks to its 400MHz lower clock speed and locked clock multiplier. The A8-5600K Black Edition, meanwhile, has been given a £79 RRP - matching, oddly, the A8-5500, which has a locked clock multiplier and another 400MHz off the clock speed. With both chips costing the same, we're not entirely certain who will opt for the A8-5500 over its faster, unlocked Black Edition counterpart despite a lower thermal design profile (TDP).

At the bottom end, AMD has confirmed an RRP of £55 for the A6-5400K dual-core chip and £45 for the A4-5300 entry-level model. All prices are for retail, boxed editions, and come complete with stock heatsink.

What they don't come with, of course, is a motherboard. With Trinity, AMD has opted to move to a new socket type called FM2. Previous APU-centric FM1 motherboards need not apply, meaning anyone looking to upgrade an existing system - rather than build an entirely new PC from scratch - can look forward to adding up to £100 to the pricing depending on the features they're looking for in a board.

Moving away from AMD's recommended pricing, one of the first sites to go live with the products is Ebuyer: the A10-5800K is available to pre-order for £96.99, the A10-5700 for £89.99, the A8-5600K for £81.41, the slower A8-5500 for an equal £81.41, and the A6-5400K for £54.70. The bottom-end A4-5300 has yet to appear on the site.

Comparing some of the key models to Intel's own offerings, the range-topping A10-5800K sits next to the 3.3GHz 3MB cache Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge chip. Although there's no denying that the Core i3 will likely trounce AMD's Piledriver-based Trinity chip in instructions per cycle (IPC) and raw x86 performance, the AMD chip boasts a faster core clockspeed, twice as many cores, and more powerful on-board graphics for a very similar price.

At the mid-range, the A8-5600K compares favourably to the £75.44 Intel Pentium Dual Core G2120 3.1GHz, with a faster core frequency, double the cores and again more powerful graphics performance. Finally, the bottom-end A6-5400K - one of only two dual-core models in the current Trinity desktop line-up - sits around £15 above the Intel Celeron G555 2.7GHz.

At first glance, AMD seems to have a convincing performance-to-price ratio with its latest generation of APUs, but it remains to be seen if that ratio extends to benchmark and real-world performance.

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Dave Lister 2nd October 2012, 11:40 Quote
I read earlier today that DDR4 specs have been set in stone as it were. Will this chip support DDR4 or will a new socket and chip be required ?
Griffter 2nd October 2012, 12:00 Quote
good question +1?
Gareth Halfacree 2nd October 2012, 13:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
I read earlier today that DDR4 specs have been set in stone as it were. Will this chip support DDR4 or will a new socket and chip be required ?
As far as I'm aware, DDR4 support won't be appearing until Excavator-based chips launch in 2014 - and they'll most likely need a new motherboard.

That's not set in stone, though - I'll drop AMD a line to see if they've got an official statement to make on the matter.
runadumb 2nd October 2012, 13:29 Quote
I want to see the 5800K benchmarked using Dolphin and PCSX 2. Could you get away with no discrete GPU I wonder? Is the CPU up to the challenge (considering my overclocked I7 920 chokes on such things at times).

I think I will have to go to more "specialist" sites for that information though ;)

Also like the DDR4 question.
Dave Lister 2nd October 2012, 13:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
I read earlier today that DDR4 specs have been set in stone as it were. Will this chip support DDR4 or will a new socket and chip be required ?
As far as I'm aware, DDR4 support won't be appearing until Excavator-based chips launch in 2014 - and they'll most likely need a new motherboard.

That's not set in stone, though - I'll drop AMD a line to see if they've got an official statement to make on the matter.

Thanks man, it's always handy info to have for planning ahead.
tonyd223 2nd October 2012, 14:40 Quote
No one uses World of Tanks for a benchmark...
MrJay 2nd October 2012, 14:45 Quote
Nice pricing!

Ill be getting at A10-5700 when the launch some ITX boards.
GuilleAcoustic 2nd October 2012, 15:05 Quote
looks good to me. Waiting for ITX board too.
Action_Parsnip 2nd October 2012, 15:18 Quote
If you want to play games without having a dscreet gpu, Trinity really is the only option.
azazel1024 2nd October 2012, 15:34 Quote
Yes, it will require a new motherboard for DDR4. DDR4 is not backward compatible with DDR3.
GuilleAcoustic 2nd October 2012, 15:37 Quote
DDR4 will be nice for IGP memory bandwidth
Gareth Halfacree 2nd October 2012, 15:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by azazel1024
Yes, it will require a new motherboard for DDR4. DDR4 is not backward compatible with DDR3.
The question being asked is whether the *chips* will suppport DDR4: i.e. if I buy an A10-5800K and a DDR3 FM2 motherboard today, when DDR4 RAM is released into the market can I upgrade just by buying a new DDR4-compatible FM2 motherboard and some sticks of DDR4, or will I need to throw out my A10-5800K as well?
GuilleAcoustic 2nd October 2012, 15:54 Quote
Since the DDR3 controller is embedded inside the APU die, I think it's a NO

http://i.neoseeker.com/neo_image/198975/article/amd_trinity/platform1.png
Gareth Halfacree 2nd October 2012, 15:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
Since the DDR3 controller is embedded inside the APU die, I think it's a NO
That was my guess, too - but I want to hear it from the horse's mouth before I become the first person on t'internet to say so.
GuilleAcoustic 2nd October 2012, 15:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
That was my guess, too - but I want to hear it from the horse's mouth before I become the first person on t'internet to say so.

:) .... out of topic : "Nice Amiga Avatar ;)"
Dave Lister 2nd October 2012, 16:05 Quote
Oh well it sounds like it might be 2-3 generations away, it'd still make up a nice little mini itx system provided someone brings out some good fm2 boards.
GuilleAcoustic 2nd October 2012, 16:12 Quote
This MSI A85IA-E53 looks nice to me

http://www.abload.de/img/e42msia85iae53itxteu7m.jpg
Dave Lister 2nd October 2012, 17:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
This MSI A85IA-E53 looks nice to me

http://www.abload.de/img/e42msia85iae53itxteu7m.jpg

It does indeed, provided the specs look as good.. I like what the did with the USB header at the top !
Action_Parsnip 2nd October 2012, 17:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
The question being asked is whether the *chips* will suppport DDR4: i.e. if I buy an A10-5800K and a DDR3 FM2 motherboard today, when DDR4 RAM is released into the market can I upgrade just by buying a new DDR4-compatible FM2 motherboard and some sticks of DDR4, or will I need to throw out my A10-5800K as well?

The DDR4 specs have only *just* been finalised. So that's not even enough lead time for Kaveri.

DDR4 will be for Bulldozer V.4 at the earliest.
SimonStern 2nd October 2012, 20:44 Quote
So when can we expect some reviews? A review of the 5800K with a little on the comparison between it and the i3-3220 would be mighty nice :D
GuilleAcoustic 2nd October 2012, 21:25 Quote
this Asrock ITX mobo is great, love the layout :

http://www.techpowerup.com/img/12-10-02/14f.jpg
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