|AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Wednesday, 03 October 2012|
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Processor Testing Methodology
Because the Trinity is the second generation of AMD APUs, it makes sense to compare it to the first generation in addition to Intel's competing Ivy Bridge platform. Trinity comes with an entirely new series of processors, the A10 series, that looks to have a distinct performance advantage over of the Llano A8 processors. For this review, I will be comparing the A10-5800K and the A8-5600K FM2 APUs with the A8-3850 Lynx APU as well as the Intel i3-3220, the closest Ivy Bridge CPU in price. I'll also be using a few other processors to round out the tests and give you a good idea of where the new Trinity APUs fall in the lineup. I'll be using the i5-2500K, the Phenom-II X4-980BE, and the i7-3820 for the top end. In CPU performance, I don't expect the Trinity APUs to match those top end CPUs, but it will do well to show where they stand.
For this review, I didn't run any of the processors overclocked. I don't want to rush my overclocking efforts, so I'll be releasing another article specifically talking about overclocking the A8-5600K and the A8-5600K since both are Black Edition unlocked processors.
Since the real question behind the second generation of APUs is how well can they game, I've used a robust grouping of GPUs to test against the on-die capabilities of the A10-5800K and the A8-5600K. Those processors come equipped with the Radeon HD 7660D and the Radeon HD 7560D respectively. I've compared those to the Intel HD 2500 GPU on the i3-3220 as well as the HD 3000 GPU on the i5-2500K. I would have liked to test against the HD 4000 graphics, but I just don't have any on hand. Besides, based on the results, I think it is pretty obvious that the Trinity APUs would smoke the HD 4000 graphics anyway, and in processors that cost less than half what an Ivy Bridge with HD 4000 would cost. Finally, I've paired the i3-3220 with a GT 630 to see where that stands. I also paired the GT 630 with the APUs and I threw in a few higher level discrete cards from this and the last generations just to show the full spectrum.
Intel Z77 Express Test Platform
Intel X79 Express Test Platform
AMD FM1 A-Series Platform
AMD FM2 A-Series Platform