The abrupt increase in visual and digital media has paved the way for a new era of computing, gone are days of massive serial data processing. The world is now embracing a more linear, efficient and content driven computing environment. To embrace these changes, hardware vendors have changed the architecture by leveraging a complete package in small form factor design. Opting for a more nimble and agile solution not only helped hardware vendors to tackle the multimedia needs, but also provide an efficient solution. Today we will be testing two accelerated processors (APU) from Intel and AMD.
The advent and exposure of RISC devices such as smartphones, tablets etc. has created a paradigm shift in the computing industry. Low power, integrated solution has become the defacto standards. The surge of these powerful compact solutions has created a dent in the lucrative PC market. To cope up with the demand and created a competitive solution, the x86 vendors are integrating as fast as they can.
The advent and exposure of RISC devices such as smartphones, tablets etc. has created a paradigm shift in the computing industry.
Both AMD and Intel are trying hard to leverage their design into a single entity. However they both have different philosophy to attain the heterogeneous architecture. Intel on the one hand specializes on brute IPC and x86 power while on the other hand AMD boast higher gpu performance. During our test we will be putting two chips from AMD and Intel into a series of test.
In our previous review of Trinity A10 APU ( A10-5800k Review ), we covered the architectural details, benchmarks and other capabilities in relation to its older sibling (Llano and Callisto). Today we will pit the latest A10-5800k against Intel’s effervescence i5-3570K.
Component selection criteria – To test the A10 rendering and graphics capabilities and pit it against Intel’s Core series processors, we had two options to begin with.
- Core i3 3220/35
- Core i5 3570K
The former is a more apt competitor to AMD’s A10 due to similar price band. However we ended up choosing the pricier i5 due to on par hardware specs. While Core i3 boasts 2core design, we wanted something that go hand in hand with AMD’s quad core option thus we selected Corei5 3570K. On top of that the latest HD4000 series of graphics comes only in higher end SKUs which limited our reach for component selection as well.
Evolving computing trends has bestowed us with handful of brain busting codename which may boggle a general user. To simplify things we will try and cover general codename with brief details-
CPU (Central Processing Unit) – The basic and the utmost important processing element of a PC. CPU usually excels in serial, mathematical and low latency workloads. CPU when used in a PC should be coupled with to a GPU to render GUI toolkit and other 2d/3d workloads.
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) – The next main co-processors in the system that renders graphics in both 2d/3d format. GPU leverage a SIMD/MIMD architecture and works on gargantuan share of memory bandwidth. Unlike CPU, GPU works on higher latency while providing visual prowess to the system.
APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) – Fusing both CPU and GPU in a single package provides relentless multi workload experience. Unifying two workload has its own benefit, it reduces the memory overhead require to process the data and provides a tighter integration in a compact and agile solution. Using APU like structure, it’s possible to leverage a hybrid accelerated approach.
SOC (System on a chip) – SOCs and APUs are very similar in nature. Like APU, SOC has amalgamation of CPU, GPU, Video processing elements and host of other controller on a single die. In addition to this, SOC also employs platform controller and a baseband modem to provide a one stop solution for a computing device.