Many of AMD’s APU’s which have been released so far are aimed at entry and mainstream gamers with pricing to match. The added bonus of being able to combine budget Radeons with the APU in CrossFire for enhanced performance was useful. For the A10 it is hitting a price and performance level which is more suited to discrete GPU upgrades, though Crossfire of budget cards is also supported.
To demonstrate the performance of a potential upgrade we have taken the mainstream (£150) 7850 1GB and the performance changes are outlined below.
On the last page we saw that the A10 offered the best gaming performance we have seen to date from an "onboard" solution. This page shows us that adding an extra £150 to our system budget now, or in the future can have great rewards. The 7850 1GB gives us some great 1920×1080 performance in the latest games when combined with the new APU platform and it does so never crossing 70°C at load.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
PowerColor offer their own branded version of the liquid cooled R9 295 X2… and now for those who want a similar level of framerate they have their air cooled dual core R9 290X with Devil 13 branding. Today we take a look at this R9 290X2 to see what Powercolor can do with their custom design card in a selection of games including Battlefield 4 and GRID Autosport at 4K resolution.