AMD A10-6800K Richland Review

Dirt: Showdown and SimCity

AMD A10-6800K Richland Review

Dirt: Showdown

Showdown is one of the games often bundled with an AMD graphics card, so it makes sense for the APUs to perform well. Running at 1080p with Medium settings, the two APUs perform well no matter the MSAA settings being used, with only a ~5FPS drop in frames by going from 0xMSAA to 8xMSAA. To some, playing games at around the 35FPS range would be perfectly fine, but for those that require a solid 60FPS you'll need to further turn down settings and reduce the resolution.

It must be noted that the i3 is still massively behind the APUs, and it could not run the game with 8xMSAA.

SimCity (2013)

SimCity has been with us since March this year and is often bundled in with AMD's A-Series of APU. With this in mind we should be seeing great performance from the APUs . . . which we do. With the game maxed out at 1080p, with Lights & Shadows set to Low, both APUs sit at just under the 25FPS range. Unlike fast paced first person shooters, SimCity should not need to be played at a constant 60FPS to be enjoyable. If more frames are needed, settings are to be turned down and resolutions reduced.

The 6800K only just beats the 5800K here, with the Trinity APU having a slightly higher minimum FPS count. Once again, the i3 could not open SimCity whatsoever at these settings.


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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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