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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 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.

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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.



 

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# 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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