Excerpt: AMD’s desktop APUs has been a budget DIYers dream solution since it has always delivered very good multimedia performance without having to invest in additional parts like a discrete GPU. Also, being an AMD component, the pricing has been very competitive when compared to the competition. This June, AMD launched their 2013 Elite A-Series APUs as a follow up to last year’s Trinity APUs.
Conclusion: The AMD A10-6800K APU is a good next-step in the world of AMD Accelerated Processing Units. It represents a slight increase in performance in both the CPU and GPU portions of the unit over the last generation of Trinity processors. I'm not sure that I think it should be named the A10-6800K, though. In all honesty, it seems more like an A10-5900K instead. That would make the A10-6700 something like the A10-5950 I suppose.
Summary: With some tinkering on the Trinity architecture , AMD has successfully squeezed out a nice performance boost while slightly improving power consumption. Richland has higher clock speeds but doesn't use any more energy, resulting in a more efficient APU. The graphics side of their product has also been buffed but to a smaller extent. Overall, the bump in speed is similar to the move from Llano to Trinity, only this time it doesn't require a socket change.
Summary: For those that have been wondering about AMD Richland APUs, hopefully this
article provides some guidance on the CPU side. The Radeon graphics testing will
be coming up in another Phoronix article for both the open-source and closed-source
Catalyst drivers. Other CPU/APU comparisons are also forthcoming.
AMD's A10-6800K and A10-6700 'Richland' APUs reviewed
17 June 2013
Summary: Richland is a small step forward for AMD, as our ridiculous wealth of benchmark results has indicated. We can summarize things with a few of our famous value scatter plots, which mash up price with performance in several categories. As always, the better values will be closer to the top left corner of each plot.
The value scatter plots illustrate one of the strange things about Richland.
Conclusion: AMD's minor under-the-hood improvements enables the A10-6800K to supercede the A10-5800K in both CPU and GPU performance, and it can therefore be recommended as a solid, competent all-round chip that's suitable for a wide range of budget systems.
Summary: Richland is interesting, however coming from Trinity really it's the same APU yet tweaked on the clocks, turbo's and memory controller. That's it. However it's the first series APUs that delivers 'up-to' mainstream processor performance and that I find to be interesting. Next to that the up-to 4400 MHz turbo clock frequency for an A10 APU, is just impressive to see. We feel that the the A10 6800K as tested today is a product for entry-level towards mainstream PCs.
Excerpt: With the release of the Llano chips in mid-2011 and the Trinity chips in late-2012, the AMD APUs were shown to be the perfect option for the person who wanted a cheap, yet capable system that could be expanded on in the future. They not only offered plenty of CPU power to handle anything a regular user would need, but also enough GPU power on-chip to tackle some gaming.
Conclusion: When I first got my hands on AMD's Second Generation Trinity APU, I was was mightily impressed at what it was able to accomplish. By placing a CPU and a very usable GPU, it made the lower end discrete graphics cards obsolete.
Pros: Increased CPU performance, Overclocking, Increased GPU performance, GPU overclocking, Eyefinity capabilities, Gaming capabilities, FM2 compatability, On-die UVD3 capabilities, Eight SATA 6Gb/s with A85X FCH, Memory scaling