|AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Wednesday, 03 October 2012|
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AMD A8-5600K APU Final Thoughts
There isn't much to say about the A8-5600K APU that hasn't already been said about the A10-5800K. The second generation of AMD A-Series APUs is definitely an improvement over the first generation. The A8-5600K well outperforms the A8-3850 APU, which was the top of the series a year ago. Not only that, but it costs $40 less than that APU did when it was released.
My issue with the A8-5600K is that I don't feel like it fills its own space well enough. For just $20 more, you can get the A10-5800K with better performance and a better GPU. The two APUs are nearly identical and the price difference just doesn't justify going down one level for me. I think even a $30 difference in price would make a difference in my opinion, if only slightly. As it stands, I have to say that 10 times out of 10, I'll recommend the A10-5800K.
Either way, I'll have to recommend the A8-5600K or the A10-5800K over the Ivy Bridge equivalents for almost any use. If you are looking for an enthusiast grade computer, I wouldn't recommend either the APUs or the i3 Ivy Bridge CPUs. Of course, if you want a gaming computer but are looking to cut costs, I might recommend the i3-3220 with a more expensive discrete GPU. A high-end GPU will turn either of those brands into a viable gaming machine, but the i3-3220 will offer more CPU power than the APUs.
That being said, I would expect most people looking for a gaming machine to go for at least an i5 CPU and probably an i7. Because of that, anyone in the market for an i3 or an APU either doesn't have the disposable income for a $300 GPU, or doesn't need one. For media playback, the A8-5600K or the A10-5800K will be perfect. Add some gaming to that mix and for a very reasonable price you can have a great computer.
So, my final word is that for almost every usage other than extreme videophile gaming, I would recommend the A8-5600K or the A10-5800K over the i3-3220. However, I would also recommend the A10-5800K over the A8-5600K in everyone of those cases as well.
Bottom Line = Spend the extra $20 and go for the A10-5800K.