Excerpt: I really struggle to get excited about AMD CPUs these days. It's not that they're bad or anything like that, but it just feels like there's no excitement coming from AMD's end and that transfers over to us. I found myself excited when we saw Llano come out last year, but after the initial launch of the new APU from AMD, we really didn't hear much else, and that was disappointing.
Summary: Who hasn't heard about the following phrase? The Future is Fusion ! Unless you have been living under a rock for the last years, this AMD marketing slogan was pretty much everywhere. AMD wanted to create a platform that was mainly very affordable, where a dedicated graphics card was not a must, while being power efficient, especially for the mobile market and up to the task to satisfy our multimedia, digital desires/needs.
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. The first has to be based around the GPU side of things.
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? Intel released Ivy Bridge with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and now AMD is firing back with Trinity. AMDs 2nd Generation APU adds performance in both CPU and GPU over their first generation (Codename Llano).
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 and 965.
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. Getting an award for stating the bloomin' obvious, adding a discrete card to an APU-only system increases overall power consumption. The trio of systems housing said card consume around 10W more when idling. Here's a telling graph.
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.
On gaming, the A10-5800K leaves its main competitor, the Core i3-3220, in the dust, as it is between two and three times faster.
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! The best score is obtained by running the fastest memory in conjunction with an overclock for the GPU frequency; we increased it from the shipping 800MHz to 1,000MHz.
AMD's A10-5800K and A8-5600K 'Trinity' APUs reviewed
3 October 2012
Summary: Ok, look, I have a project scope problem. Including frame-by-frame data across multiple games for 22 different processors, along with everything else, probably wasn't the wisest move. We may need to re-think our approach.
To help you deal with the data overload, we've boiled our results down to a few simple scatter plots showing price versus performance. We've averaged performance across several sets of tests using a geometric mean.
Conclusion: So far we've focused on the performance of AMD's new A10-5800K, but we've yet to touch on what is arguably the most important piece of the puzzle: its price. Out of the gate, AMD has priced its new chip at $130, which happens to match the Core i3-3220 . Budget system builders seeking a new platform will have a tough decision ahead, but we'll try to offer some guidance with a summary of our findings.