Gaming Performance

While I've included the Enthusiast level benchmark results in Bench, it's worth noting that Richland is still nowhere near powerful enough to handle gaming at 1080p and 4xMSAA. AMD's A10-5750M APU has two primary jobs to complete with the IGP isolated: it has to be faster than Trinity and faster than Haswell. The former is easy enough, but Haswell is more of a moving target. The only reprieve AMD seems to be getting on this front is the unusual rarity of GT3-enabled parts in the market.

Bioshock Infinite - Value

Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - Value

GRID 2 - Value

Metro: Last Light - Value

Sleeping Dogs - Value

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Value

Tomb Raider - Value

Interestingly, while Richland is consistently faster than Haswell and Ivy Bridge, often by a healthy margin, it actually trades blows with Trinity. This could be the result of either a difference in drivers or the newer version of Turbo Core being tuned to favor the CPU more aggressively. My reason for suspecting Turbo Core is boosting the CPU more frequently than the GPU is this: Skyrim and StarCraft II are both frequently CPU-limited, and both produce the largest jumps in performance from the preceding generation. Without more Richland-based notebooks to test it's going to be hard to ferret out what's going on, if this is just specific to the GX60 or if mobile Richland's turbo core really does skew more aggressively towards the CPU.

Bioshock Infinite - Mainstream

Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - Mainstream

GRID 2 - Mainstream

Metro: Last Light - Mainstream

Sleeping Dogs - Mainstream

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Mainstream

Tomb Raider - Mainstream

Impressively, Richland is able to produce substantial gains on Trinity in our CPU-bound benchmarks, vaulting Skyrim and StarCraft II into the realm of playability even at our Mainstream settings. Depending on the games you play, Richland could be a major improvement on the last generation.

System and Futuremark Performance Conclusion: Surprisingly Potent Refresh
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  • SmileMan. - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    I can't see the results, "file not found". Maybe a bad link?
  • OoklaTheMok - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    Images are missing... 404
  • mmrezaie - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    neither I!
  • UltraTech79 - Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - link

    neither u!
  • karasaj - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    Yeah... Images broken for me as well :(
  • mikk - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    Images are broken. Nothing to see here, move on.
  • Ryan Smith - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    Sorry about that, guys. The images have been fixed.
  • karasaj - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    Thank you. Nice review. Do we know when kaveri launches? Like November? I've been hearing good things about it, so hopefully they can really come through here.
  • Alexvrb - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    Thanks for the review. That's impressive for a stopgap refresh, using the same architecture and process. I look forward to Part 2.
  • UltraTech79 - Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - link

    Too late, we're gonna have to let you go. Hand over your badge and gun ={|

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