I'm looking to build a low power dual core system. I'd like to base my system on an AMD K10 dual core without disabled cores or L3. 2 x 512kb cache ideally for power savings.
Back in the days we were not very optimistic about AMD’s attempt to push their first hybrid Llano processors into the desktop segment. Of course, they were unique and interesting in their own way, but mostly in theoretical perspective. In reality, it was fairly difficult to picture what type of desktop systems they could dominate.
However, Trinity is a completely different story. Their graphics performance is not just high according to the contemporary integrated solutions’ standards: they allow running 3D games in FullHD resolution! And it is a true qualitative leap forward making Trinity a worthy option for an entry-level gaming system. The x86 performance of Trinity’s computational cores is also quite decent, as we have just seen. The top members of this new family are almost as fast as Intel Core i3 CPUs. In other words, they will offer sufficient speed for contemporary general purpose systems.
Summing up these two aspects we see that Socket FM2 platform and Trinity processors have a good chance of taking over a good share of the home systems. Of course, hardcore enthusiasts and dedicated gaming fans will hardly fall in love with this product, but the average mainstream users who enjoy occasional gaming, surf the Web, work with some multimedia content and maybe some relatively simple specific applications may find Trinity an excellent product for their needs. In this case, Socket FM2 platform will not only save you some money, but will allow building a compact, quiet and energy-efficient system (including SFF or HTPC). However, to make this possible AMD shouldn’t limit the supplies of their processors with 65 W TDP, as they did with Llano for some reason, and the mainboard makers should come up with a variety of miniature mainboards with an attractive price tag.
MSI FM2-A55M-E33 FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
All Solid CAP, OC Genie II, UEFI, HDMI V.1.4
Pros: FM2 socket* see below
pairs great for an htpc or ultra cheap gaming pc,
Still has PCI x16, PCI x4 or 6, idk and PCI
Small, almost ITX if you cut off anything below the PCI x16 slot
Cons: Lack of USB 3.0*
4 USB 2.0*
chipset is way past overdue
Other Thoughts: If you can stretch it, go with the A75 Chipset version, You get wayyy more features and Better things,
As for my *'s...
The FM2 socket is great because Amd will have another set of APUs that will go along with it instead of The one and done FM1 sockets, GO WITH FM2 A75 CHIPSET AND ABOVE!!!
Pros: good for a budget build. decent specs, HDMI and well made. plenty of sata connections (4). great mobo for a decent build, very happy with it, built a budget gaming pc.
even supports 32 GBs of ram, (2x16).
Cons: you get what you pay for.. 2 ram slots, 1 pci-e... front panel connection in the bottom middle of the board?
Other Thoughts: in retro spec, i should have bought a bigger board.for running two GPUs and better board cooling. but nothing a good case cant fix!
AMD A4-5300 Trinity 3.4GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7480D AD5300OKHJBOX
32 nm Trinity 65W
1MB L2 Cache
AMD Radeon HD 7480D
Multiple low-power states
32-nm process for decreased power consumption
System Management Mode (SMM)
ACPI-compliant, including support for processor performance states (P-states),
processor power states (C-states), and sleep states including S0, S3, S4, and S5
Per compute module power gating (CC6)
PCIe core power gating
PCIe speed power policy
GPU power gating of Radeon Cores and video decode (UVD3)
AMD Turbo Core 3.0 technology
A nearly perfect HTPC processor
While opinions vary as to what, exactly, an HTPC entails, it's safe to say there are basic requirements nearly every enthusiast has for an HTPC: smaller form factor, as quiet as possible, low power usage, and ability to smoothly and accurately play a variety of video formats. Additional HTPC functions can include encoding prowess and lighter gaming. In my experience, Trinity APUs fulfill all of these roles extremely well.
Ganesh recently posted a thorough, excellent HTPC perspective on the A10-5800K. If you are thinking about building an HTPC, it's a must read. I've been able to spend some time with both the A10-5800K and the A4-5300 in HTPC systems, and have been thoroughly pleased with both in the HTPC usage scenario. The lowly A4-5300 is capable of smooth Blu-ray playback, both locally and via NAS, as well as full 1080p HD streaming playback in both Flash and Silverlight. Ganesh noted that the Trinity APUs lack hardware decoding for 10-bit H.264, an increasingly popular format. While the A10-5800K cuts through these files with no problem via software solutions, the A4-5300 can occasionally bog down with it if you are taxing the system with other tasks (I frequently browse the web on a secondary monitor while watching movies—10-bit H.264 + Flash = not good on an A4). That said, all of the quad-core Trinity APUs can handle this admittedly specific niche usage scenario with aplomb.
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