The AMD A10-6800k ~ Tech-o-meter

Friday, June 21, 2013
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Richland Architecture by AMD


AMD Richland APU
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.


definition of 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.


A10-6800k comparison chart
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.

advantages of the A10-6800k over the A10-5800k
This is what I'm saying in super simple terms

 


Richland

Multi-Core
Quad-Core
Elite for a sub $150 APU
Name
A10-6800K
Operating Frequency
4.1GHz
L2 Cache
4MB
Manufacturing Tech
32 nm
64 bit Support
Yes
Integrated Memory Controller Speed
DDR3
Virtualization Technology Support
Yes
Integrated Graphics
AMD Radeon HD
Thermal Design Power
100W




Benchmarks

 FryRender

A10-6800k Benchmark fryrender
Oh yeah, benchmarks baby.
 Considering the price range, it's scoring exactly where it should be. That's boring though, the consumers want an exceptional APU (if they'd even make the switch over to APU now). FryRender is a great tool for measuring raw computing power. It is a very highly math-intensive application. In this application, the lower the better.

CineBench

A10-5800k benchmark cinebench
My personal favorite
Alright, CineBench is kind of a big deal for me. Cinebench is a burn-your-processor application. It uses 3D images to stress every part of your processor. The benchmark displays scenes, and the processor simply computes them. In this application, the higher the better.

Other Thoughts

Even 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 Thoughts

For 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.

price and performance comparison chart for the A10-6800k
It competes with 3 generation old intel processors
However, it's still a very solid choice for budget computer builds. Like I said it does compete with old generations of Intel processors, but it competes with the top of the old. Many people bought the first generations i7 at retail price of around 300 dollars, and now there's an AMD APU that'll perform around the same for about $130-$150 dollars.

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