I sure didn’t see this one coming, the A10 5800K was launched not too long ago, my review article for the A10 5800K was published in March.
The A10 6800K (Richland) takes off from where the A10 5800K (Trinity) left. Is it good?
Let’s move on to the good bits.
|Processor||AMD A10 6800K|
|RAM||Avexir Core Series 8GB DDR3-1600|
|Monitor||40″ LCD TV|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master GX 750W|
|Casing||Cooler Master N200|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit|
|Driver||AMD Catalyst 13.4|
Below are the details of the CPU and IGP
Note : The base speed is 4.1ghz. 4.4 GHz is the max turbo speed.
I even managed to push it to 5ghz on stock cooler, capable of web browsing and game downloads but it wasn’t fit for tough work.
In the end, I got it to run stable at 4.8ghz even with stock cooler. Pretty cool in terms of clock figures. Performance wise? Mehhh, you’ll see later.
Starting with this article, goldfries.com will use PCMark 8 as the benchmarking tool for ease of comparison.
PC Mark 8
Below are the details of the Creative test used – stock vs overclocked.
0_o WTH right? With the 700mhz boost, there’s little difference in anything, and to have the OCed unit being being the stock unit for some tests too.
So I decided to confirm it with my own video conversion test.
x264 – 10bit to 8bit Video Conversion
The source video is a 720p MKV file that is 90 seconds in duration. x264 settings at the slowest.
|AMD A10 6800K 4.1ghz||407 seconds|
|AMD A10 6800K OC 4.8ghz||396 seconds|
As I said – good on figures.
Now moving on, the GPU test.
Due to the APU’s graphic processor being on the weaker side, I tested with various resolutions and detail settings to give you a better idea on what the APU can do. Fortunately this time, the setting of Dual Graphics worked without a hitch.
Unigine Heaven 4.0
*720 Low = no AA, no tessalation, low details.
|Card||720p LOW(avg)||720p (avg)|
|A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5||93.1||27.6|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||89.5||30.8|
|HD 6670 1GB DDR5||64||18.6|
Interesting, right? Initially I thought of just doing a Heaven 4.0 test but as you can see from the results, it looks impressive! (This could’ve been the results for the 5800K review but I had huge problems getting Dual Graphics to run that time).
With that, I went on with other benchmarks.
- 1080p = 1080p usual settings as above
- 1080Low = 1080p low settings
- 720p = 720p usual settings
- 720Med = 720p medium settings
|A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5||19.50||38.50||33.00||48.50|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||21.50||50.50||39.50||50.50|
Resident Evil 6
- 720p = 720p high settings
- 720Med = 720p medium settings
|A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5||3866||4359|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||5356||6158|
The HD 7750 takes a huge lead on performance. Oh and if you are wondering how the HD 6670 performs, a good guess would be in between the performance of the APU and Dual Graphics.
Just Cause 2
Just cause is not quite a demanding game so I did a 720p and 1080p test as usual.
|Scene||Card||1080p (avg)||720p (avg)|
|Dark Tower||A10 6800K||13.8||25.95|
|A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5||31.10||53.69|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||35.61||62.59|
|Desert Sunrise||A10 6800K||21.14||36.98|
|A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5||44.38||72.21|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||50.71||85.55|
|Concrete Jungle||A10 6800K||11.59||20.33|
|A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5||24.90||39.31|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||30.27||50.76|
And that comes to the end of our graphics test.
Conclusion? The performance has improved a lot since Llano, and the Richland carries forward what the Trinity has set.
I used the encoding test to see how the temperature goes for the Richland unit, the readings show marked improvement of the Trinity (A10 5800K) unit.
The overclock wasn’t done at the same environment so I didn’t put the temperature on the table above BUT if you need to know (of course you do!) it’s 64°C but with the stock fan spinning a lot louder of course.
I don’t know how to put it. Personally, I feel that the APUs from AMD are solid products. However I also feel difficult to recommend it, not that the product is bad but it’s just really limited.
For example – if you have a HD 6670 1GB DDR5 and looking for something that’s powerful enough to do everything under the sun at a limited budget then the APU is the way to go. The IGP itself when in Dual Graphics mode with the HD 6670 brings better gaming experience.
Put it this way, this RM 560 processor comes with graphic performance of an RM 240 card (the HD 6670 DDR3 variant).
Let’s not forget there’s the HSA technology, of which I’ve no way to benchmark. I think it’s a step ahead, it’s just a matter of WHEN will we actually see the benefit of HSA.
All in all, it’s a good product if you want processing power and intend to play some computer games with decent details. An APU like this 6800K can do that for you.
Additional Reading Material : An interesting finding regarding AMD’s Dual-graphics from Tom’s Hardware