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AMD 2nd Generation A10 5800 & A8 5600 Desktop APU Review

formerstaff    -   October 2, 2012
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Testing:

Testing this latest A85X board from Gigabyte will involve running the GA-F2A85X-UP4 through OCC's test suite of benchmarks, which includes both synthetic benchmarks and real-world applications, to see how each of these products perform. The gaming tests will also consist of both synthetic benchmarks and actual game-play, in which we can see if similarly prepared setups offer any performance advantages. The system will receive a fully updated, fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition, in addition to the latest drivers for each board and the latest AMD Catalyst drivers. To ensure as few variables as possible, all hardware will be tested at their stock speeds, timings, voltages, and latencies – unless otherwise stated. Turbo Boost is disabled to make a fair comparison without skewing results.

Testing Setup: AMD Trinity

 

Testing Setup: Intel

 

 

Overclocking:

  • Processor: AMD A10 5800K: 4700Mhz 100 x 47, GPU 800MHz/1100MHz
  • Processor: AMD A8 5600K: 4600MHz 100 x 46, GPU 760MHz/958MHz

AMD and Gigabyte have an array of tools through their utility lineup and features in 3D Dual BIOS that will remove all the sport of overclocking if you want them to. I used the good old fashioned method of using the unlocked multiplier with both of the APUs on our bench today. Using the BIOS I raised the multiplier until stress failure and incrementally raised the voltage to achieve the maximum frequency that would pass stress testing with Prime 95 testing. AMD states that the voltage applied to the CPU for overclocking also works for GPU frequency. In doing this I was able to achieve the overclocking results below for both the CPU and GPU frequencies. Two side notes on this: 1) I was not able to spend the time I would have liked on the overclocking of these new A-series APUs so given more time to experiment there may be a bit more to be achieved in the overclocking of these models, and 2) It is possible that CPUID may need an update to properly read some information regarding the new A-series as I noticed that the voltage readout was showing 1.50V when it was set lower. The results I achieved with the A10-5800K and A8-5600K for both the CPU and GPU are listed below.

 

AMD A10 5800K CPU and IGP OV

 

 

AMD A8 5600K CPU and IGP OC

 

Maximum Overclock

Each CPU and motherboard has been tested for stability at the clock speeds listed when in an over-clocked state. These clock speeds will be used to run the test suite and will show the performance increase over the stock settings in the overclocked scoring.

 

Benchmarks:

Scientific and Data:

  • Apophysis
  • WinRAR
  • Geekbench 2.1
  • Bibble 5
  • MS Ofice 2007
  • POV-Ray 3.7
  • ProShow Gold
  • HandBrake 9.5
  • Sandra 2012
  • AIDA64 2.20
  • ScienceMark 2.02
  • Cinebench 10 & 11.5
  • HD Tune 4.60

Video and Gaming:

  • Aliens vs. Predator
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Dirt 3
  • 3DMark11
  • Metro 2033
  • 3DMark Vantage
     



  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Closer Look: GA-F2A85X-UP4
  4. Specifictions & Features
  5. Test Setup and Overclocking
  6. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  7. Testing: Office 2007, POV-Ray, ProShow Gold, HandBrake
  8. Testing: SiSoft Sandra, AIDA 64
  9. Testing: ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  10. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  11. Testing: Metro 2033
  12. Testing: DiRT 3
  13. Testing: Sleeping Dogs
  14. Testing: 3DMark 11
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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