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Review: AMD A10-5800K Trinity APU

by Tarinder Sandhu on 2 October 2012, 05:00 3.5

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Final thoughts and rating

HEXUS Snapshot: ..AMD needs a clear, coherent strategy if it's to leverage the obvious good in its latest A-series APU, especially as the upgrade to a Trinity-based part requires further investment in a FM2-supporting motherboard.

Nearly five months on from the release of the laptop-bound Trinity APU and just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, AMD outs the desktop variant of its latest CPU-and-GPU technology.

The transition from 35W mobile part to 100W desktop enables AMD to increase the Trinity APU's speeds considerably, with the range-topping A10-5800K punching in at a maximum 4.2GHz CPU and 800MHz GPU.

Understanding that the CPU architecture is something of a side-step while the integrated GPU is plain better than anything that has gone before, the £100 APU provides a solid fit for everyday applications - generally matching Intel's comparable processor in CPU-intensive tests and handing it a Bane-esque beating in GPU-related tasks.

We'd absolutely purchase a desktop Trinity APU over a previous-generation Llano, and while the chip has the technical merit to compete against Intel's Core series, we recommend AMD take another look at introducing yet more lower-wattage models and incentivising motherboard partners to marry them up with price-conscious Mini-ITX boards.

AMD needs a clear, coherent strategy if it's to leverage the obvious good in its latest A-series APU, especially as the upgrade to a Trinity-based part requires further investment in a FM2-supporting motherboard. A keen focus on value, form factor and energy efficiency will ensure that AMD APUs become fundamentally viable competitors for low-to-mid-range Intel Core chips.

The Good

Solid CPU and class-leading GPU performance
Very competitive pricing

The Bad

New motherboard needed
Power-draw may be a concern

HEXUS Rating

3.5/5
AMD A10-5800K Trinity desktop APU


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A good balanced part but I reckon the upgrade path might be too steep a price for many considering the gains aren't that great…
What has happened to Hexus Bang4Buck analysis? It was such a useful bit of the review, bring it back.

I'd definitely recommend the AMD APU over Intel's i3 offerings. Hopefully the next change brings the CPU side of things closer because I suspect a lot of people would not choose AMD based on that.
It would be nice to compare the 4 trinity APUs available against each other to get an idea of the best value APU.
Good review, but bang-for-buck and comparison of motherboard prices would make this far more useful for real world decisions.

For a budget PC it looks like it's Trinity ftw. I hope they manage to get the chips and motherboards in stock - finding the latest generation laptops is like looking for a needle in a haystack with all the old stock kicking around.
No fast RAM comparison?

Not overclocking the CPU and then running game benchmarks is a bit of a dun-goof as well. We know there is a potent GPU on the package with a gimped CPU - overclocking the CPU may yield better results than raising the GPU's frequency up. Can you not overclock both at the same time?