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Final Words

Despite Haswell's arrival on the desktop, AMD is in no trouble at all from a graphics perspective. At the high end, Richland maintains a 17 - 50% GPU performance advantage (~30% on average) over Intel's HD 4600 (Haswell GT2). All things equal, even Trinity is good enough to maintain this performance advantage - a clear downside of Intel not bringing its Iris or Iris Pro graphics to any socketed desktop parts.

While there isn't a substantial increase in GPU performance between Richland and Trinity, AMD's GPU performance lead over Ivy Bridge was big enough to withstand Haswell's arrival. Note that although we're comparing performance to Haswell here, Richland exists in a lower price bracket. If you want the best desktop solution with processor graphics, AMD remains your best bet.

Later this year we'll see the arrival of Kaveri, which will be AMD's true response to Iris as well as its first HSA enabled APU. For as long as I can remember, integrated graphics was one of the most frustrating aspects of PC hardware to test. It looks like that's finally about to change.

 

3DMark and GFXBench
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  • alphacrasher - Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - link

    With Xeons you are getting into multi-proccessor boards, which brings up a question I have been wondering about.
    Does AMD have any plans to make their new APU's multiprocessor and crossfire capable? At that price point I wouldn't mind buying two of them to stick on a motherboard...
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  • boogerlad - Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - link

    For the Luxmark Benchmark, is it cpu only, gpu only, or is it both? Reply

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