AMD A10-6800K Review: Richland – Desktop APUs from 2013
5 June 2013
Summary: AMD decided to refresh their Socket FM2 platform and release a new generation of hybrid processors for it based on Richland design. This is exactly the one that earned the “Elite Performance APU Platform” title in the mobile segment.
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.
Summary: I thoroughly enjoyed playing with the new A10-6800K. Those looking for anything other than clock speed boosts are going to be disappointed a bit, but that doesn't bother me at all because these chips seem to clock really well. The chip does its job really well as a cheap toy to play with during the summer, or as the base of an entry-level PC for your kids or your wife, as it can be used to play some current games with low details at decent framerates.
Pros: Amazing overclocking, Excellent and affordable entry-level 3D rendering power, Decent iGPU clocking, Low platform price, Piledriver CPU core design, Support for up to two VGAs in CrossfireX with supported board products, Support for 3+1 Eyefinity display connectivity, Temperature-sensitive Turbo CORE 3.0 for both CPU and GPU
Cons: Same maximum TDP as earlier FM2 products, Perhaps a bit late to the market, with laptop-grade parts already being for sale, Not a true new technology—just clock bumps, "Low" but adequate CPU Performance will not appeal to some
Excerpt: 17 Flares 17 Flares × Today we are going to take a look at the latest ‘Richland’ APUs from AMD which have been refreshed with ‘Piledriver’ cores to enhance performance. There are numerous other improvements including the addition of 2133 MHz memory support for the A10 models.