AMD A10-6800K Richland Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

AMD A10-6800K Richland Review  


With recent in-OS fixes, game patches, and a great many games being designed around their architecture, AMD haven't been doing too badly when it comes to their CPUs when compared to how they were before. This is great for all end users, as a stagnant market with little to no competition stunts progress and hitches prices up. 

Though their standalone CPUs have been dwindling in popularity, their Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) are way ahead of the curve. Pairing a relatively low powered processor with a decent on-die graphics chip is perfect for a HTPC on a budget. The iGPU can deal with HD video playback with no problem, and it's even able to play low powered games at decent framerates, albeit with lowered settings. 

And so we get to today, with AMD's new APU range, 'Richland', successor of Trinity. We get to take a look at Richland's top dog, the A10-6800k, and see how it compares to it's predecessor, the A10-5800K, and also Intel's best match, the i3-3220. This APU comes with four fully overclockable 'Piledriver' cores at 4.1GHz, a memory controller capable of handling 2133MHz memory, and an AMD Radeon HD 8670D for its graphics solution. The updated architecture is said to excel in applications which utilise OpenCL, so we'll be factoring that in with our tests. 

We've been praising APUs for a while now, so it's time to see how the new kid on the block settles in. 

Technical Specifications

Richland is still based on the same 32nm manufacturing process as Trinity, but with a beefed up core and a stronger graphics solution there doesn't seem to be anyway for this not to be a great release. The high end chips, the A10s, are treated to a stronger memory controller which, when paired with high speed RAM, should help boost the capabilities of the iGPU. 

This latest range is to be released with many different APU models, but as ever with AMD's aggressive pricing it's not going to break your bank to purchase the model that we have with us today.


AMD A10-6800k Richland Review  


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Most Recent Comments

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 workQuote

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!Quote

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.Quote

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.Quote

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.Quote

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