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.
You’ll see 2 rows of A10-7850K results, one is with the default 1333Mhz memory while the other is on 2400Mhz memory.
Unigine Heaven 4.0
*720 Low = no AA, no tessalation, low details.
|Card||720p LOW(avg)||720p (avg)|
|A10-7850K (2400mhz RAM)||56.1||21.1|
|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|
|Core i5 4670K||29.3||9.6|
It’s amazing how the APU’s graphic capability improves so much with DDR3 at 2400Mhz, even to approach the Hybrid CrossfireX results at the 20+ fps zone. The Intel Core i5 4670K has an improved IGP among Intel’s line-up but it’s no where near the A10 APUs’ performance.
– 1080p = 1080p usual settings as above
– 1080Low = 1080p low settings
– 720p = 720p usual settings
– 720Med = 720p medium settings
|A10-7850K (2400Mhz RAM)||15.00||30.00||27.50||49.50|
|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
|A10-7850K (with 2400Mhz RAM)||3790||3841|
|A10-6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5||3866||4359|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||5356||6158|
No idea why the A10-7850K just falls behind.
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 7850K||16.21||28.76|
|A10 7850K (with 2400Mhz RAM)||20.65||36.62|
|A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5||31.10||53.69|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||35.61||62.59|
|Desert Sunrise||A10 7850K||24.39||41.87|
|A10 7850K (with 2400Mhz RAM)||30.37||51.85|
|A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5||44.38||72.21|
|HD 7750 1GB DDR5||50.71||85.55|
|Concrete Jungle||A10 7850K||13.08||23.40|
|A10 7850K (with 2400Mhz RAM)||17.57||30.12|
|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? I’m a bit disappointed in this aspect, especially after viewing many slides saying it performs better in gaming but what I see are a mix of ups and downs.
In comparison to the A10-6800K – the A10-7850K was faster on Metro 2033’s high setting by a bit but not as fast in the lower settings, in games like RE6 it was trailing all the way while games like Just Cause 2 shows marked improvements. Only time will tell as drivers improve.
Bear in mind though that the A10-7850K has a slower GPU core clock but with the newer technology, there could be hiccups here and there. No Hybrid CrossfireX test for this article as I do not have any R7 240. I have R7 260X units and HD 7750.
Sure, the IGP of the APU is of the R7 family BUT the way it was made, it can only pair with the DDR3 variants – the R7 240 and R7 250. 🙁 I’m not surprised that the R7 260X blows the Hybrid CFX APU R7 + R7 250 combo. A DDR3 graphic card doesn’t stand a chance against a GDDR5 variant of the same GPU, have a read at my DDR3 vs GDDR5 comparison.
One thing to add is that the faster the memory, the better the APU’s graphic performance. For a 2x4GB kit, a 1600Mhz and 2400Mhz memory’s price gap is around RM 100 – 200 range, depending on brand and model. I’ve also tried a single 4GB kit and it halved the performance, not a good way to go.
I used the encoding test to push the limit of the processor for temperature test.
|A10 7850K OC 4.4Ghz||34||61|
Good temperatures despite using stock cooler.