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Review: AMD A10-6800K (32nm Richland)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 12 June 2013, 10:00


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Testing methodology

Comparison Processor Configurations

Core i7-4770K
Core i7-3770K
Core i5-3570K
Core i3-3225
Core i7-2700K
Core i5-2500K
Gigabyte Z87-D3HP
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
Gigabyte F2-A85X-UP4
Chipset Driver
Intel Inf and IMEI 9
AMD Catalyst 13.6
DDR3 Memory
G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Memory Timings
11-11-11-30-2T @ 2,133MHz
11-11-11-30-2T @ 1,866MHz
11-11-11-30-2T @ 2,133MHz
11-11-11-30-2T @ 1,866MHz
Integrated Graphics
HD 4600
HD 4000
HD 4000
HD 4000
HD 3000
HD 3000
HD 8670D
HD 7660D
HD 7660D
Discrete Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB (ForceWare 320.18)
Disk Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 250GB
Optical Drive
Sony AD-7263S
Corsair Graphite 600T
Power Supply
Corsair AX750
Operating System
Windows 8 64-bit

CPU and Memory Benchmarks

Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
CineBench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
wPrime Another number-crunching benchmark that stresses all available CPU cores/threads
Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency
SunSpider A web-based benchmark that measures JavaScript performance on real-world tasks
LuxMark An OpenCL rendering benchmark
PCMark 7
An all-encompassing test to evaluate system performance

IGP Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage DX10, run at the default performance preset
3DMark 11 DX11, run with the performance preset
3DMark DX11, Fire Strike benchmark
BioShock Infinite DX9, 1,280x720 and 1,920x1,080 medium quality
DiRT Showdown DX9, 1,280x720 and 1,920x1,080 medium quality
Just Cause 2 DX9, 1,280x720 and 1,920x1,080 medium quality
Discrete GPU Benchmarks
3DMark DX11, Fire Strike benchmark
BioShock Infinite DX11, 1,920x1,080 ultra quality
DiRT Showdown DX11, 1,920x1,080 ultra quality

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption While idling and when running wPrime and DiRT Showdown


We have nine of the best IGP-enabled CPUs from current and recent generations prepared for our comparison. All have been tested from the grounds up on Windows 8 using the latest drivers, providing a generational overview between Trinity and Richland (AMD) and Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge and Haswell (Intel).

Intel processors tend to be dearer than AMD's APUs - for example, the Core i7-4770K commands a retail price of £270 while the A10-6800K just £110. We have thus also included a third-generation Core i3-3225 into the mix, costing the same £110, though would have chosen a fourth-generation Haswell chip if a price-comparable model had been available. The two price-equivalent chips have been highlighted in the ensuing graphs.

Aside from required motherboard changes, all platforms were tested using the same hardware and reference coolers, though please note that the AMD A10-5700 and Intel Core i3-3225 had to be run with memory reduced to 1,866MHz - they simply wouldn't boot with the G.Skill RAM set to its default XMP profile of 2,133MHz.