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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  • MrSpadge - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    It's only a joke or disappointment if your expectations have been set far too high.
  • kyuu - Saturday, June 29, 2013 - link

    If you're *not* disappointed by desktop Haswell, I'd say your expectations are far too low.
  • Klimax - Sunday, July 7, 2013 - link

    No, just knowledge what can be done and what are limitations of computing. (For converse example see GPU which increase performance by significant complexity; we all saw how that worked out with manufacturing and consumption...)

    Note: I know I am quite late, but too many people comment without understanding.
  • TGressus - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    "waste heat"

  • iamezza - Saturday, June 29, 2013 - link

    Desktop Haswell IS a joke, it's clear Intel put very little effort into improving the desktop chips.

    Mobile Haswell is extremely impressive though, from a battery life point of view.
  • whyso - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    Wow, that IGP is much worse than I thought it would be. Seems to be roughly 30-50% faster than the ULV HD 4000. That means that its roughly it is as powerful as mobile GT2 HD 4600 ( HD 4000 SV is about 30% faster than ULV HD 4000 and HD 4600 is about 20% faster than HD 4000).

    AMD needs to release a 45 watt tdp chip for larger performance notebooks.
  • xenol - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    I was hoping to see some power consumption and temperature observations.
  • MooseMuffin - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    You're disagreeing that desktop Haswell is a joke? Ivy was a bummer too but at least it brought some minor things like PCIe 3.0. Haswell has brought basically nothing to the table.
  • FwFred - Friday, June 28, 2013 - link

    I thought GT3e (-R) SKUs and AVX2 were pretty significant additions on the desktop. Intel has the highest performing desktop IGP. Isn't that news?

    Yes, the -K overclocking folk are probably better served with Ivy-E.
  • kyuu - Saturday, June 29, 2013 - link

    When it costs an arm and a leg and isn't available, well, anywhere: no, it's not news. Well, I take that back: it may be news, but it's not *good* news.

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