MSI Rolls A10 Trinity Powered GX60 Gaming Notebook with 'Super RAID'

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Arnulf

Why ? Trinity's only advantage over Intel's offerings is the GPU portion of the chip - it is faster. When you add a discrete GPU to it (and that's one that cannot even do Crossfire), you take away APU's biggest advantage and you're left with a crappy CPU + a decent GPU.

Why not just use Intel CPU in that case to either get more performance at same power consumption or same performance at lower power consumption ?

This laptop is made of fail.

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usmckozmo

Pairing an APU with a discreet graphics card on a laptop is not "fail", it's *flexible*. When you are gaming, or doing anything graphics intensive, then the discreet GPU is giving you the higher frame rates and AA. When you are on battery power, or just working on a spreadsheet, then the GPU powers off and the APU handles the graphics at a much lower wattage draw, extending your battery life. Nvidia has been doing this for a couple of years now with their Optimus lines, and it works brilliantly.

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Andrew.Hodge

GPU compute offload would be my guess... That and there really aren't any just- piledriver procs out yet.

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kixofmyg0t

Since when did Trinity become a "crappy" CPU?

Was it the same time a 7970M became only "decent"?

I see where you're coming from though. Noone should have a choice. It should be Intel and nVidia only right?

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Arnulf

"Since when did Trinity become a "crappy" CPU? "

Since this spring, of course, it only came out back then. This is a GAMING laptop and the only advantage Trinity has over Intel in the area of gaming is the GPU performance, while CPU side of the chip is holding things back.

While I can understand the concept of brand loyalty I believe it has no place in a high performance computer (gaming, workstation etc.). Laptops are severely limited with regards to thermal constraints in comparison to desktop machines as it is and that's just no place for compromises. Either deliver better performance at same power usage or deliver same performance with less power usage.

Oh and BTW, I'm a happy (desktop) user of Intel CPU and AMD GPU.

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Andrew.Hodge

Performance per watt is what really matters in a laptop, and that is one of piledriver's biggest achievements.

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kixofmyg0t

Hmm, so it being a "GAMING" laptop and Trinity being faster in GAMES than a i5(when just using the APU alone) makes it "crappy"?

So I guess anything else but an i7 is complete fail?

AND you have something other than the fastest GPU(GTX 690's in SLI)around in your rig? Well that means your PC is full of complete fail then sir.

It's about choice. You're making it seem like Trinity is Atom slow, it's really not.

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Happy

My thoughts exactly. It isn't rocket science. You'd think a company would know better than to create a laptop like this. Who is stupid enough to buy something like this? Seriously.

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praetor_alpha

Two words: brand loyalty. It is also impossible to buy a laptop with an AMD CPU and Nvidia GPU these days.

I have a couple friends who will NOT buy Intel. Ironically, they wouldn't buy ATI either... One of them got a laptop a few years ago. Every time I meet him, I ask how his not Nvidia GPU is working for him.

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kixofmyg0t

Trinity APU and a Radeon 7970M?

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