AMD Trinity APU Launch Date (Reliably) Rumored

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:09

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AMD's upcoming Trinity APU is set to launch this month for laptops, with the desktop version shipping some time in August. It also looks like there will be a few AMD versions of Windows 8 tablets at launch, because "Hondo" (AMD's tablet processor) is set to launch in Q4 2012, which is the same time as Windows 8. Mind you, this is mostly rumors, but Digitimes' sources are usually very accurate.

The release of Trinity makes me curious how Intel will time their mobile Ivy Bridge launch. Trinity APUs are rumored to be cheaper than comparable Ivy Bridge CPUs, which hopefully will help AMD get a leg up on Intel. Trinity is supposed to have a 25% increase in overall performance over Llano, and a 50% increase in graphics performance over the same. Llano APUs have almost always had strong graphics performance, usually besting Intel's integrated graphics offerings, so a 50% increase in graphics performance is quite a lot to look forward to. 

Trinity for your desktop is expected to be released in August. The A10-5800K, A10-5700, A8-5600K,and A8-550 APUs are the ones to be released. If you're interested in more powerful desktop processors but aren't interested in Bulldozer, Steamroller is expected to be released next year, with Excavator coming in 2015.