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Our CPU testing is conducted with a discrete graphics card (a GeForce 9400 GT) to eliminate integrated graphics as a variable, most notably with regards to power consumption. It's also necessary for comparing CPUs that do not have an onboard graphics such as Bulldozer and the older Phenom and Athlons from AMD.
The last AMD CPU we reviewed, the FX-8150, was a big disappointment as it was slower in many of our tests than older products, despite being a flagship product. Thankfully the new Trinity APUs are clearly faster than the Llano-based A8-3850. Both the A10-5800K and A8-5600K delivered some impressive gains in Photoshop, WinRAR, iTunes, and TMPGEnc. In many of the tests, the two new APUs performed on par with the Phenom II X4 955/965, only with considerably lower power consumption.
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