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Written by Hank Tolman   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processor
AMD FM2 Chipsets - A85X, A75, A55
Processor Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Extreme Edition v1.1 Benchmark Tests
Passmark PerformanceTest
PCMark Vantage Benchmark Tests
Cinebench R11.5 Benchmarks
DX10 Gaming Benchmarks
DX11 Gaming Benchmarks
Video Transcoding Tests
A8-5600K Power and Temperature
AMD A8-5600K APU Final Thoughts
AMD A-Series A8-5600K Conclusion

AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processor

Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, INC. (AMD)
Product Name: A8-5600K
Model Number: AD580KWOHJBOX
Price as Tested: $109.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by AMD.

Right on track, well after Ivy Bridge, AMD has released their second generation of Accelerated Processing Units in the form of the Trinity series A8-5600K and the A8-5600k. Last week, we brought you a preview of these two APUs just to give you a taste of their gaming performance and some of their specifications. Today, at Benchmark Reviews, we are going in detail for a full work-over of the A10-5800 APU.

Unfortunately, six months is a long time. A lot can happen in six months, and a lot of processors can be sold. Based on the performance that we have seen up to this point, the second generation AMD APUs are set to beat their equivalently priced Ivy Bridge counterparts quite handily. The problem is finding the group of customers who waited patiently for their appearance and held off from buying an Intel system.

AMD_A8_5600_Top.jpg

Last week we saw some details about the new Trinity APUs, including some of the impressive GPU numbers they put up. Today we can get into more of the details, including what they cost and a more robust selection of benchmarks. With the A10-5800K retailing at Newegg.com for $129.99 today, that puts it right in the market of the i3-3220. We have comparison tests ready to go for those two processors, as well as a slew of benchmarks comparing graphics in all their varieties. The closest comparable CPU in price to the A8-5600K is the i3-2100, which I tested against the A8-3850 last year. Since the A8-5600K had no trouble keeping up with the i3-3220, I didn't bother re-testing the i3-2100 for this review.

For reference, I've listed a chart below with all of the Trinity series FM2 APUs and their respective specifications.

Processor

A8-5600K

A10-5700

A8-5600K

A8-5500

A6-5400

A4-5300

Modules/Cores

2/4

2/4

2/4

2/4

1/2

1/2

CPU Clock Base/Turbo

3.8 / 4.2

3.4 / 4.0

3.6 / 3.9

3.2 / 3.7

3.6 / 3.8

3.4 / 3.6

Cache

4MB

4MB

4MB

4MB

1MB

1MB

Graphics Cores

384 @ 800MHz

384 @ 760MHz

256 @ 760MHz

256 @ 760MHz

192 @ 760MHz

128 @ 760MHz

TDP

100 watts

65 watts

100 watts

65 watts

65 watts

65 watts

Socket

FM2

FM2

FM2

FM2

FM2

FM2

MSRP

$122

$122

$101

$101

$67

$53



 

Comments 

 
# RE: AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop ProcessorLinus 2012-10-04 05:34
Happy to see some processor and videocard combinations in the benchmarks. Most other sites just used processors with the integrated graphics. This review actually shows the difference between the new Trinity processors and an Intel chip with a discrete video card. Great review!

(I think you might have a typo in the page index; the second DirectX link should be DX11?)
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# Raid 5?David Simpson 2012-10-08 09:48
Has anyone seen any reviews using the raid 5 of the A85X chip? I'd really like to know how well it works
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# RE: Raid 5?pantau 2012-11-22 11:23
BUMP! bumpity BUMP! BUMP BUMP
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# RE: RE: Raid 5?David Simpson 2012-11-24 16:55
Well, I went ahead and built a 3 drive RAID with the new 2TB WD RED drives. Seems OK to me, but I'm not sure how to make a good test of the array.

It was a pain to get my SSD boot drive to work though, still not sure it's set correctly.
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# RE: AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processorstupidfuckingrequirement 2013-03-13 09:08
Would be very nice if there were some A85X mini ITX motherboards that had integrated WIFI and Bluetooth since there are no expansion slots and I am not interested in sacrificing two USB ports to get these basic wireless connectivity radios.
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# runs kool ???????????george 2013-06-21 09:32
dont know where u get your info from but this chip runs hot idle 40-45
playing games round 80 so where do u get the 53 when running apps or games
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# RE: runs kool ???????????David Simpson 2013-06-21 10:50
Max temp would depend on the cooling system. My Core i7-3930K has never gone over 45C (12x prime95), as I know how to cool a CPU. On the other hand, with no cooler, a 2GHz "cool" chip will overheat. I don't think any of my A10-xxxx's have ever gone over 50C, even at 100% CPU/GPU.
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# RE: AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processorgeorge 2013-06-21 11:09
we r talking about the a8 5600k right ??? i have i7 2600k and it never reaches 54 during game play via bf3 and at idle im 24 but this amd a8 5600k hits 80-85 during gameplay idle is round 40-44 so looking at ther numbers its safe to say idle temp doubles during intence gameplay
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# RE: RE: AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop ProcessorDavid Simpson 2013-06-21 11:33
I currently only have A10-5800K, but since it's just a faster and there for hotter version, but I'm not seeing those temps. What cooler are you using. I haven't used a factory cooler in 20 years.
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