AMD A10-6800K Richland Review

Media Transcoding Using Handbrake

AMD A10-6800K Richland Review

Media Transcoding Using Handbrake

A common task for media PCs to undertake is the transcoding of various video files, whether to change the format to one more desirable or as a means of compression. For our tests we have employed the popular software known as Handbrake to transcode three separate files. As previously mentioned, Richland boasts an impressive boost to applications which employ OpenCL, which Handbrake is included. As such, we're expecting good things from the 6800K. 

The small file comes in at just under 100MB and is 1080p. This test is to show how the CPUs will deal with small video clips that can be taken by most modern smart phones.
The larger files come in two distinct flavours - a 2GB standard definition video to demonstrate how non-HD footage is processed, and a 1080p MKV file weighing in at almost 5GB.

Together we feel we have covered the most common usage scenarios.

The 6800K comes out triumphant in all three tests, which is a promising result for the CPU. When processing the large MKV file the Richland chip was more than 1,000 seconds in front of the i3-3220, and 650 seconds in front of the 5800K - an impressive result by and large. 

Small File



Large Files 


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04-06-2013, 23:53:00

Josh Weston
AMD's APUs have always been something that we've loved, so now it's time to see how their newest release takes to our testing.
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05-06-2013, 01:36:13

I wonder how much the 2133mhz memory would improve scores? Apu's are known for loving fast speeds so running at 2133mhz vs 1333mhz should improve scores quite a bit I would assume. Nevertheless still a great chip.

Good job on this review Josh! I was actually surprised. In the first page(not trying to be picky) I felt there were way to many commas. I ain't no English major but seems too many were used
Keep up the good work

05-06-2013, 02:28:40

The Orange One
Good work with the review Josh!
That APU seems like a great little chip, for the money!

05-06-2013, 02:29:57

I was expecting a bit of a bump when it came to GPU performance.

But I guess it makes more sense that this is just really a minor refresh, given that Kaveri is supposed to arrive towards the back half of the year.

05-06-2013, 05:15:11

I don't really understand why you ran your 1600mhz hyper-x at 1333. You have deliberately nerfed performance of the GPU. If users look at other reviews where the correct memory frequency was used (2133) the performance gains of the gpu are noticeable over the 5800k and destroy the intel i-3.

Bottom line - this is not a fair "real world test" who uses 1600mhz ram at 1333 mhz... REALLY.
I mean who even buys 1333mhz ram these days - NOBODY.
My conclusion is that you are just a bunch of intel lackeys...
Rerun the test fairly please.

05-06-2013, 05:19:54

We ran at 1333 as we do ALL stock runs. Even the haswell review stock tests are at 1333 because thats what systems auto set themselves too.

Josh did not have time to run faster mem tests, all results in this review we ran while he was here the other week. Adding in extra mem speeds would have required a: them all to match to be comparable and b: taken twice as long which was just not possible.

I can say in our testing 2133 was not achievable with the Richland APU on test today.

05-06-2013, 05:33:42

Wow, AMD kicking Intel but

Congrats on your first official review Josh
Nice to see the graphs in ascending/descending order as well, they looks so much better like that.

05-06-2013, 05:47:30

Monster of a review there Josh.

Spotted a typo on the page title "Tomb Raider and Sleeping Sogs"

05-06-2013, 08:49:23

Thanks Tom, I didn't mean to be angry, I just thought that maybe we were being sold a slightly biased story. I rate you guys so highly because of the balance you guys give to your reviews.
I agree with you on the standardisation (eg all at 1333, all at 1600). But I think that in this specific case it would be unfair to not run the A10 at max (2133) and then bump the intel to 2133mhz as well as certainy for the Trinity A series bumping the ram from 1600 to 1800 yielded some neat results.
It's interesting that you say that the A10 was a no go on 2133... Any reason? Unstable?

05-06-2013, 10:03:05

^^ Memory controller may be to weak.

05-06-2013, 10:12:43

You should make the move to Windows 8. My 4600m saw a massive boost from it. Fifa 13 in Windows 7 would just constantly drop in FPS pretty terrible latency problems, 60 down to 30 at random points. The move to windows 8 kept me at a steady 60 FPS.

05-06-2013, 11:32:23

Josh's first review. Our little boy all grown up.

Well done write up. I'm glad to see AMD seems to be finally righting the ship and even tho they'renot making huge strides in performance gains, they're steadily getting better and better. I totally agree tho that they really need to address their power consumption. I think that's more of an Achilles heel for them than IPC.

Can't see the benchmarks tho cause Android doesn't do Flash anymore.

05-06-2013, 11:40:10

I know it was for comparative reasons, but I don't think I can take an APU test seriously when it's using 1333 Mhz memory, it's like test driving and reviewing a sports car with a 56Mph speed limiter. Bandwidth is everything to any APU, any chance that in the future tests will be redone?

05-06-2013, 11:57:12

Kaveri was confirmed today by years end. This looks like just minor changes to make the purchasers of FM2 happy.

05-06-2013, 14:29:24

solid review Josh, and totally agree with VFM award.

Might we get a Hybrid Xfire bench at some point from it?
/edit understand you do not have quite the magic cupboard yet.. but worth asking at least edit/

small typo four paragraphs from bottom of conclusion,
Intel's i3 and the 6870K in terms

06-06-2013, 03:17:07

Originally Posted by grassman View Post
Kaveri was confirmed today by years end. This looks like just minor changes to make the purchasers of FM2 happy.
It actually looks like Kaveri might arrive a bit earlier than we might think. AMD's corporate VP of communications John Taylor says they'll be sampling Kaveri to customers quite soon.

It means we might be getting a taste of what Steamroller will really be like sooner rather than later.

06-06-2013, 09:59:46

Would be immense if you could use the IGP to process(physics?) while still using a dedicated GPU.

06-06-2013, 17:54:04

Think I'll stick with my 5800k for now, unless it's on a silly offer.

25-06-2013, 05:18:26

Personal opinion, you should have really tested at 2133MHz...

They really do benefit from it!

25-06-2013, 06:10:32

Originally Posted by flyboyovyick View Post
Personal opinion, you should have really tested at 2133MHz...

They really do benefit from it!
1333 MHz will be supported across all the chips, what if they get a chip that can't run memory at 2133mhz for whatever reason? running at 1333 makes all results comparable and thus fair testing.

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