AMD Richland A10-6800K and A10-6700 review

AMD jumps to the next generation APU by launching the Elite A-series for desktops, codename Richland. APUs are able to combine the potential of x86 and GPU together to enable a new class of experiences and compute performance on today’s PCs.

AMD A10 Richland

AMD hasn’t changed the architecture, just optimize it for new performance. There are the same Trinity cores with higher clock speeds and some memory improvements. Of course, power consumption should be lower.

Today AMD released 6  new APUs: A10-6800K, A10-6700, A8-6600K, A8-6500, A6-6400K, and A4-4000. This article will be covering the first 2 models.

 

Model

Cores

CPU Base Freq

Max Turbo

L2 Cache

Graphics

GPU Cores

GPU Clock

TDP

Current Price

A10-6800K

4

4.1

4.4

2x2MB

HD 8670D

384

844

100W

$149.99

A10-5800K

4

3.8

4.2

2x2MB

HD 7660D

384

800

100W

$129.99

A10-6700

4

3.7

4.3

2x2MB

HD 8670D

384

844

65W

$141.99

A10-5700

4

3.4

4

2x2MB

HD 7660D

384

760

65W

$128.99

A8-6600K

4

3.9

4.2

2x2MB

HD 8570D

256

844

100W

$112

A8-5600K

4

3.6

3.9

2x2MB

HD 7560D

256

760

100W

$110

A8-6500

4

3.5

4.1

2x2MB

HD 8570D

256

800

65W

$112

A8-5500

4

3.2

3.7

2x2MB

HD 7560D

256

760

65W

$105

A6-6400K

2

3.9

4.1

1MB

HD 8470D

192

800

65W

$80

               

As table shows, the difference between old and new APUs consists in a higher frequency of the cores (300MHz mostly) and the new generation of Radeon cores integrated, AMD jumping to 8xxx family.

The important part is that all new products are compatible with existing socket FM2 motherboards so users can upgrade only the APU, not the motherboard also like for the Intel Haswell.

 

Build and features

 AMD Elite APUs have the same internal architecture as previous Trinity models, based on Piledriver cores.

AMD PileDriver

The higher frequency is the first advantage for the new APUs, but that not entirely sustain the idea of a new family. So AMD integrated a more powerful GPU to offer some performance improvement in the graphics area as well.

The GPU comes from the new generation of Radeon HD 8000 Series featuring VLIW 4 architecture, up to 384 shaders and up to 844MHz. Also Dual Graphics support with AMD Radeon HD 6450, 6570, and 6670 graphics cards is available. The 4 monitor support is here thanks to AMD Eyefinity. The new GPU is perfectly compatible with DirectX 11.

A big change is the support for 2133 MHz DDR3 memory, having a big impact on performance over the 1866 MHz from Trinity. This is a benenfit also for the GPU as it is uses the system RAM.

Last but not least is AMD Turbo Core 3.0, a technology that have been enhanced. Now it can clock the cores up to 4400MHz, in a real fast manner.

We can sum up the features in the following table:

AMD A-Series APU

Description

Tech/Package

32nm, FM2 socket

TDP Configs

65W and 100W configurations

Processor Core

“Piledriver” 32nm HKMG process core (up to 4 cores), up to 128 KB L1 Cache (64 KB Instruction, 64 KB Data) Up to 4 MB L2, 2 x 128-bit FPUs / compute module

Memory

Up to DDR3 2133 @ 1.5V

Graphics Core

Up to 384 Radeon™ Cores 2.0, DirectX® 11 capable, UVD3, VCE

Displays

-Digital Display I/F DP0: Display Port, HDMI, DVI

-Digital Display I/F DP1: Display Port, HDMI, DVI

-Digital Display I/F DP2: Display Port, HDMI, DVI

Additional digital display supported using DP 1.2 daisy-chain connection

-VGA on FCH

Power Management

• Multiple low-power states

• 32-nm process for decreased power consumption

• System Management Mode (SMM)

•ACPI-compliant, including support for processor performance states (P-states), processor power states

(C-states), and sleep states including S0, S3, S4, and S5

• Per compute module power gating (CC6)

• PCIe® core power gating

• PCIe® speed power policy

• GPU power gating of Radeon™ Cores and video decode (UVD3)

• Enhanced AMD Turbo Core technology featuring Temperature Smart Turbo Core

AMD A85 FCH

Integrated DAC supporting VGA.

Tech/Package

65nm / FC BGA, 605-Ball, 23x23mm, .8mm pitch

TDP Configs

2.7W to 4.7W for typical configurations

UMI

x4 Gen 2 + DP

SATA

8 Ports, 6 Gbps

RAID

0, 1, 5, 10

USB

A85X: 4 USB 3.0 Ports, 10 USB 2.0 Ports, 2 USB 1.1 Internal Ports

PCIe® GPPs

4x1 Gen2

HWM

Incorporates Fan Control, Voltage Level Sensing

Consumer IR

CIR Receiver

 

 

Test Setup

 


Model

Details

CPU

AMD A10-6800K

AMD A10-6700

AMD A10-5800K

 

Cooler

Akasa Nero 3

 

Motherboard

ASRock FM2A55M-DGS

 

RAM

4GB PNY DDR3-2000

 

Storage

Kingston SSDNow V+ 120GB

 

Video card

Integrated Radeon

 

Monitor

Dell U2412M

 

PSU

BeQuiet 680W

 

OS

Windows 8 Pro x64

 

 

Benchmarks:

- PCMark 7

- PcMark 8

- 3Dmark

- AIDA64

- Performance Test 8

- Wprime

- HyperPI

- 7-zip

- TrueCrypt 7.1

- Cinebench 11.5

- 3Dmark – Cloud Gate

- Batman:Arkham city – 1280x800, 1366x768

- Tomb Raider – 1280x800 normal/high, 1366x768 normal/high

 

Performance 

PCMark 7

AMD A10 6800K PCMark 7

PCMark 8

AMD A10 6800K PCMark 8

Passmark Performance Test

AMD A10 6800K Passmark Performance Test

 

AIDA64

AMD A10 6800K AIDA64

wPrime

AMD A10 6800K wPrime

HyperPI

AMD A10 6800K HyperPI

 

7-Zip

AMD A10 6800K 7-Zip

TrueCrypt

AMD A10 6800K TrueCrypt

CineBench 11.5

AMD A10 6800K Cinebench

 

3DMark

AMD A10 6800K 3DMark

Batman: Arkham City

AMD A10 6800K Batman

Tomb Raider

AMD A10 6800K Tomb Raider

 

Temperature and Power consumption

Considering Richland is based on the same architecture as previous models there are no great expectations of a much lower temperature or power consumption.

The charts are giving the exact situation:

AMD A10 6800K Temperature

The power consumption is for the system, loaded at 100% on all components. 

AMD A10 6800K Power

 

 

Value and conclusion

The new AMD APUs are bringing more performance than previous models by improving the frequency, memory support and integrating a new generation of Radeon GPUs. The advantage is not that big, but more and more software is being optimize for certain processors, so that situation can change.

The value is decent so the APU is a nice option for a home, office or entertainment PC.

 

Pro

Cons

 

- memory improvements

- good performance

- good integrated GPU performance

- compatible with FM2 socket

- excellent power consumption

- good value

 

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Evaluation

REVIEWSTUDIO.net

8.7 / 10

Architecture

8.0

CPU Performance

8.0

Integrated GPU performance

9.0

CPU Overclocking

-

Integrated GPU Overclocking

-

Temperature

9.0

Power Consumption

9.0

Value

9.0

 

 


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