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AMD A10-5800K Trinity APU Review

By on October 14, 2012
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Trinity is crowned the king of integrated graphics.

Good: Decent quad-core CPU performance; Great gaming performance for integrated GPU; FM2 platform supports next upgrade of CPUs; Can easily Crossfire with low-end AMD GPU.
Bad: Thermal rating still high compared to Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3; Modern DX11 based games not easily playable at 1080p.
Price: AED 500
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For testing the AMD A10-5800K the below setup was used.

CPU Benchmarks

Starting the benchmarks are the two most popular data compression software: WinRAR and 7-zip. For both of these programs I have used the built-in benchmarking software. A higher score is better.

The next test is Cinebench R11.5 wherein a 3D image is rendered using the CPU. This test stresses all the CPU cores, maximizing the threads. Results are given in points, the higher the better. The second test x264 HD 4.0 is a video encoding test in which a small HD video file is encoded in x264 format. The results are measured in frames per second, in that the faster a processor, the higher the fps.

PCMark, Performance Test  and Geekbench stress tests all the resources of a system. Since almost all the components in our testbed are one of the best in the market right now, the entirety of the performance will depend on how good our test motherboard is. As usual, the higher the score, the better.

3DMark 11 is an industry standard graphical benchmark, and while it mostly stresses the graphics card, the CPU is also highly stressed for specific tests. The higher the score, the better.

Overclock

With a slight tweak of just 1.5v I managed to bump up the A10-5800K from its base frequency of 3.8GHz to 4.4GHz, which is actually just 200MHz higher than the default Turbo speed of 4.2GHz. The GPU clock speeds, however, got a decent bump from 800MHz to 1075MHz. This is the best I could manage on our test unit, your mileage may vary.

As you can see there’s hardly a performance difference with the overclock since the default Turbo speeds kick in instantly and do quiet a good job of maintaining performance in multi-threaded applications.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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