Richland Architecture by AMD
|Yep... That's the hype.|
GPU's, CPU's, APU's. Those are a lot of P's and U's, and let me tell you that they've all evolved a lot over time. In fact most people today still don't know what an APU is, but that's perfectly fine because a CPU/GPU combination will work wonders today still. The amazing thing is many people don't know that what they're running in their systems is actually an APU.
|Depicted above: Not the technological definition of APU|
AMD has been busting their humps lately trying to compete with Intel. Rightfully so as well, Intel's new launch with Haswell can be counted as a half-success. Usually if something is so wrong in a product the media will be the first to tell anyone, and there hasn't been any news of people dying so that's probably a good sign.
I'd like to explicate that this is an APU. Yeah, I've stated that previously, but the benchmarks aren't going to be absolutely mind blowing for a processing unit that has integrated graphics. Yeah, I know having the shared resource is a bonus but still, it's an APU.
|Right on top, as it should be.|
Before Haswell was launched everyone seemed disappointed with the leaked APU results. Then when it came out, everyone was disappointed in the processor itself. I have to admit I can't help but feel a little disappointed in Richland actually. In terms of graphics performance the A10-5800k will perform about the same on average, if not then about 2-4 frames per second lower. Although people will rarely use these APU's solely on gpu performance alone, it still wouldn't hurt them if they chose to grab a 5800k instead. The main advantages here are the single-threaded performance as well as multi-threaded performance but still only less than a 10% advantage.
|This is what I'm saying in super simple terms|
- Operating Frequency
- L2 Cache
- Manufacturing Tech
- 32 nm
- 64 bit Support
- Integrated Memory Controller Speed
- Virtualization Technology Support
- Integrated Graphics
- AMD Radeon HD
- Thermal Design Power
|Oh yeah, benchmarks baby.|
|My personal favorite|
Other ThoughtsEven though Richland includes a generational increase in numbers, the fundamental architecture is equivalent to Trinity. We're still dealing with Piledriver modules along with a Cayman extracted GPU. It certainly won't be till Kaveri comes out that individuals see GCN centered processor from AMD only at that price section. Although this isn't a high performance CPU/APU, AMD has done a great job making sure it will compete.
Final ThoughtsFor it's price range, this processor will complete all of the tasks necessary. Then again, if you're in this price range you probably don't need a very demanding processor anyway.
|It competes with 3 generation old intel processors|