AMD Richland APU Launch Review: A10-6800K and A10-6700
Conclusion and Rating
When we last reviewed an APU, the A10-5800K, we noted that it had the usual high standard of AMD build quality and praised the overall design which brought some decent CPU cores inside one "chip" with a GPU which performed well in excess of the competition.
Since then of course Intel has released Haswell in the form of procressors such as i74770K which contain the new 4600 series GPU. That took Intel closer to AMD in graphics features and performance however didn’t quite pass them so with this refreshed GPU in A10 Richland APUs we see AMD extend their performance lead over Intel for gaming using built in GPUs. That said there is nothing new or revolutionary about the GPU in Richland…. It’s just more of the same but faster.
The same can be said of the CPU portion of the A10 however while the 6800K does improve performance over the 5800K it isn’t enough to get anywhere close to an i5 in standard desktop tasks such as converting music or gaming. In fact when paired with a high end GPU the APU becomes a significant bottleneck. Given the right scenario though, for example video encoding with GPU acceleration, the APU does close the performance gap between it and Intel by a decent chunk.
NOTE: AMD would like us to point out that the i5 CPU (and the i7) have a higher price bracket than their A10. We also note that they used the same 4670K CPU in their own press deck as a comparison CPU.
So average "CPU" performance and impressive "integrated GPU" performance from the new Richland parts… that isn’t the whole story though. Value is what AMD are all about and this starts with the fact we can simply upgrade on socket FM2 from Trinity to Richland with just a BIOS update and continues on into pricing where the most expensive APU is just £125/$149 which makes them very attractive for those looking to build a low cost system for basic gaming and productivity/media use.
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