AMD ‘Richland’ Desktop APU Overview: A10-6800K

  1. Introduction
  2. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  3. Compression Benchmark
  4. Futuremark Benchmarks
  5. Processing Benchmarks
  6. Encoding Benchmarks
  7. Encryption Benchmark: Truecrypt
  8. Game Benchmarks
  9. Conclusion

Long story made short, APUs are x86 processors and GPU packed together to enable a better experience in computing, not just for desktops but also for notebook solutions. It all started from Trinity APUs, which were meant to succeed Llano class processors. You could say Richland are practically Trinity that use Piledriver cores, but with some tweaks in clock speed, turbo, voltage delivery, memory controller packed with improved power management to bump up efficiency.

The memory subsystem now supports 2133MHz memory. As the previous counterpart it, the APU has integrated DDR3 controller, 24 PCIe lanes, UVD (unified Video Decoder)…

Another improvement is the turbo mode as it clocks according to the power usage and temperature.

2013 so far has been a busy year on the desktop front- for both processors and GPU front. Richland, on the other hand, is based on the same 32nm process that is used in Trinity and both use the FM2 socket motherboards.

A8 and A10 series of APUs are usually pitched as an entry-level to mid end series systems, not just gaming system but also HTPCs. Everyone is concentrating good enough processing power for their work. For many, ‘general’ type PCs with some decent amount of power for low-end gaming and maybe processing good enough to keep up with mid-end graphic cards and games thrown to work as reasonably good as possible is all they require.

After few months since its release in the Indian retail market, AMD sends an A10-6800K APU. This APU has maximum TDP rating of 100w with base clock of 4.1 GHz with turbo boost of up to 4.4GHz, packed with 4MB L2 Cache. On the graphics front, it comes HD 8670D with 384 shaders cores clocked at 844MHz.



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