X-bit Labs reports leaked documents reveal AMD's Llano APU promises 3x the graphics performance of Intel's Sandy Bridge integrated graphics.
Advanced Micro Devices pins a lot of hopes onto performance of the integrated graphics cores of code-named Llano A-series accelerated processing units (APUs). Besides, the company believes that other performance-boosting technologies will make its A-series APUs even more competitive on the market.
According to AMD internal documents seen by X-bit labs, which describe performance of AMD's new products, AMD A8-3550 APU (quad-core, 4MB cache, 400 stream processors, Radeon HD 6550 graphics core at 594MHz) delivers three times higher performance in 3DMark Vantage test compared to Intel Core i5-2300 (quad-core, 2.80GHz/3.10GHz clock-speed, 6MB cache, Intel HD graphics core at 850MHz/1100MHz): P3335 versus P1007 marks. Besides offering more performance, the graphics core from AMD also supports DirectX 11 capabilities, whereas Intel's graphics engine features only DirectX 10.1.