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AMD A10-6800K APU Review – Richland comes to Desktop

AMD A10-6800K

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  • Excellent GPU performance
  • Lower power consumption as compared to Trinity
  • Low price platform
  • Piledriver architecture
  • Enhanced Turbo Core Technology
  • Lower price as compared to Intel counterparts
  • Decent performance increment over Trinity
  • So-so CPU performance
  • Higher power consumption as compared to Intel counterparts

So that brings us to the final words but first, let me put out a couple of things. The Richland desktop APUs are not necessarily developed to take on the computing world. They are more like a mild refresh to last year’s Trinity and their main aim is to keep consumers occupied until AMD prepares Kaveri APUs (with Steamroller CPU cores and GCN GPUs) comes out because that’ll be something big.

Now coming to the performance of new APUs, they offer marginal performance improvements in both CPU and GPU intensive tasks. It’s nothing big as compared to Trinity but it’s surely noticeable. And all of that comes with slightly less power consumption. AMD has done a lot of software and firmware level work to optimize the performance versus power consumption ratio of the Trinity. It is quite notable that how AMD is still optimizing last ounces of performance from the ageing 32nm architecture and they are able to do it successfully.

Richland’s GPU performance is still considerably better than Intel’s Haswell desktop parts. All the desktop Haswell parts come with GT2 class graphics at most. However, if Intel starts shipping desktop processors with GT3 or GT3e class graphics than AMD’s new Richland APUs will be in quite a lot of trouble.

All in all, AMD’s new APUs are really great options for HTPCs or mid-range gaming systems (even if you want to put discrete graphics). However, upgrading from Trinity to these new APUs might not be a really wise decision.

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