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AMD Trinity To Be Nearly 30 Per Cent Faster Than Llano

AMD's next generation accelerated processing unit (APU) known as Trinity, could be almost 30 per cent faster than current gen. Llano chips.

AMD had a show and tell session with the new processor and its Piledriver based core, saying that clock for clock it would be 29 per cent quicker than its older sibling. According to Tom's Hardware coverage, the graphical performance could be even better, topping out at just over 56 per cent. However these were AMD claims, so take them with a pinch of salt for now.

Most of the testing was performed with the enthusiast standard 3Dmark and PCmark software, but there were some real world aspects to the demos too. A laptop system showed it was possible to game with 4x anti aliasing with high detail at a resolution of 1366x768 in Dirt 3. However the desktop version of the APU was even more impressive, capable of handling a resolution of 5040x1050 across three screens. There was no AA and detail levels were lower, but this is an integrated GPU, not a separate graphics card.

Impressive stuff.

AMD also discussed how there will be an Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) version of both the desktop and notebook variants, allowing for increased battery life and a reduced energy bill. The chip manufacturer is hoping this will allow it to compete with Intel in the Ultrabook range - though it'll likely need to name them something slightly different if it wants to steer clear of lawsuit territory.

Like the hardware game needs another court room drama.

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