Summary: *sigh* AMD really are so predictable, and not in the good way. The "Fusion" platform is great; Llano and now Trinity really help bring some decent video performance to the table without the need of having a separate video card.
Conclusion: After taking a look at the A8-5600k, we were keen to see what its big brother, the flagship A10-5800k could do and in some ways I’m happy and in others quite disappointed, and that can really be split into two areas which I’ll talk about one by one.
AMD A10-5800K & A8-5600K Review: Trinity on the Desktop, Part 2
30 October 2012
Conclusion: I have to admit, Trinity's CPU performance made it a lot closer to Intel's Core i3 3220 than I expected it to. In the worst case there's still a huge gap in single threaded performance, but even SYSMark 2012 only shows Intel's Core i3 3220 with a 12% performance advantage.
AMD A10-5800K & A8-5600K Review: Trinity on the Desktop, Part 1
29 October 2012
Conclusion: On average, Trinity's high-end 384-core GPU manages to be around 16% faster than the fastest Llano GPU, while consuming around 7% more power when active. Given that Trinity is built on the same process node at Llano, I'd call that a relatively good step forward for AMD's equivalent of a "tick".
Excerpt: Over the last few years we’ve seen OEM computing make a shift from discrete video cards to on-chip GPUs. Within the past 2 years both Intel and AMD have gone full force with on-chip GPUs, so what’s the difference?
Summary: Compared to Llano, or more specifically, the A8-3850 , the high-end Trinity offerings deliver a boost in performance but more on the CPU side of the equation. The A8-5600K and A10-5800K were about 10% and 15% faster respectively in our CPU tests, lifting them up to the level of the Phenom II X4 955...
Conclusion: Dual Graphics, aka CrossFire, scale nicely in 3DMark 11, providing a 35 per cent uplift over just running the Radeon HD 6670 on either platform. More of the same in 3DMark Vantage, where we see a 20 per cent-plus improvement.
Summary: The new A10-5800K is a far better CPU than the A8-3870K, and it costs less than what the A8-3870K did when it was launched. Both processing performance and gaming performance were improved on the new processor.
Conclusion: The real purpose in using better-than-generic memory rests with the supposed improvements in IGP performance. This is more like it. There's definite improvement through a change in the memory frequency/timings. DDR3-2,133 is over 20 per cent faster than DDR3-1,333!