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: The A10 5800K APU as tested today is a product for entry-level towards mainstream PCs. The big caveat will remain its processor power. I had hoped that the Piledriver CPU cores would have made a substantial enough difference. However the benchmarks are all over the place -- overall the CPU cores are a hint faster opposed to the previous generation Llano products.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT : Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Cons: No backwards compatibility with FM1, Late market entry, No Native Virtu MVP support, You can run two Discrete GPUs, but can't pair those two with the APU graphics
Excerpt: The A10-5800K is the first of AMD's new "Trinity" desktop processor range. Trinity chips have built-in graphics and are a replacement for last year's "Llano" processors, which were the first desktop processors with integrated graphics powerful enough to run modern games. The Llano chips may have had powerful graphics, but their performance in desktop applications from their K10 cores was adequate rather than impressive.