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AMD Trinity ULV 3DMark scores revealed

AMD has revealed internal 3D Mark Vantage benchmarks for two upcoming Trinity APUs that will find their way into "ultrathin" ultrabook competitors – A6 17W ULV and an 25W LV.

To counter Intel's ultrabook initiative, AMD is preparing fully enabled quad-core (two module) APUs for ultrathins. The typical AMD ultrathin will be around ~18mm, featuring 17W APUs, while slightly thicker ultrathins may use high performance 25W APUs.

In Appendix A to Lisa Su's presentation at Financial Analyst Day, AMD revealed typical 3D Mark Vantage scores for selected 17W and 25W SKUs, performed on Compal reference designs. A A6 ULV 17W Trinity scores 2355 3D Marks. This is twice as fast as Sandy Bridge Core i5 2537M, an ultrabook regular, which scores 1158 3D Marks. Of course, Trinity will be competing with Ivy Bridge ultrabooks, but AMD expects the given A6 ULV to still be over 50% faster than competing Ivy Bridge ultrabooks.

The pinnacle of performance/power lies with the A10 Low Voltage APU, however. The 25W LV APU scores a blistering 3600 3D Marks, which sets a new record for integrated graphics in a laptop and puts most entry-level mobile discrete GPUs to shame. Trinity will also be present in performance laptops in 35W and 45W variants, which will further advance integrated graphics in notebooks.

On the CPU front, Ivy Bridge should be dominant in less threaded benchmarks. However, things will be much closer in multi-threaded benchmarks as AMD is offering two-module / quad-core APUs against Intel's dual-core / four hyper-thread CPUs. With the right price points, AMD is well positioned to offer a compelling alternative to Intel's pricey ultrabooks. AMD is tracking almost 100 design wins for Trinity, which will show up in retail in Q2 2012.

The full presentation is available at AMD's FAD page.

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