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AMD A-Series A10-6800K 4.1GHz Socket FM2 Box

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  • AMD A10-6800K review

    This is the ideal processor for a budget PC build

    6 years ago
  • AMD Elite A-Series A10-6800K APU (Socket FM2)

    Plus

    • Amazing overclocking
    • Excellent and affordable entry-level 3D rendering power
    • Decent iGPU clocking
    • Low platform price
    • Piledriver CPU core design
    • Support for up to two VGAs in CrossfireX with supported board products
    • Support for 3+1 Eyefinity display connectivity
    • Temperature-sensitive Turbo CORE 3.0 for both CPU and GPU

    Minus

    • Same maximum TDP as earlier FM2 products
    • Perhaps a bit late to the market, with laptop-grade parts already being for sale
    • Not a true new technology—just clock bumps
    • "Low" but adequate CPU Performance will not appeal to some

    Conclusion
    I thoroughly enjoyed playing with the new A10-6800K. Those looking for anything other than clock speed boosts are going to be disappointed a bit, but that doesn't bother me at all because these chips seem to clock really well. The chip does its job really well as a cheap toy to play with during the summer, or as the base of an entry-level PC for your kids or your wife, as it can be used to play some current games with low details at decent framerates. I'm not sure what to think about the whole Dual Graphics side of things, since you might as well play the game on a console at such a level of performance to avoid the headache that comes with a PC interface. Apps like Valve's Big Picture go a long way towards alleviating the interface problem, but consoles still provide greater ease-of-use to most consumers that might buy an entry-level PC. The expanded overclocking capabilities make the A10-6800K a great choice for a weekend of overclocking that is really easy on the wallet, but not everyone is into that either.

    6 years ago
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    A10-6800K vs. Core i3-4150 CPU Review

    Conclusion
    In our recent review, the Pentium G3220 proved to be faster than the A6-6400K in tasks that depend on CPU power. However, we cannot generalize what we discussed in that review to other CPUs from Intel and AMD: for the CPUs we reviewed today, the Core i3-4150 and the A10-6800K, we have a different scenario. The Core i3-4150 is barely faster than the A10-6800K in most applications that depend excusivelly on CPU processing power. However, in tasks that depend on the GPU, the A10-6800K shows its talents. Its Radeon HD 8670D integrated video engine is not only faster than the Core i3-4150′s, but it is actually powerful enough to run recent games at medium quality settings with a good framerate. So, if you want to build a mainstream computer with a discrete graphics card, the Core i3-4150 is a slightly better CPU, but if you will use only the integrated video, for work, multimedia or casual gaming, the A10-6800K is a better choice.

    4 years ago
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    AMD Richland A10-6800K AND A10-6700 Review

    Conclusion
    The A10-6800K delivers somewhere from 5% to 25% performance improvements over the A10-5800K where a workload is CPU bound, then the improvement often lies on the lower end of the spectrum. On the average, the APU is about 10% faster than its predecessor. There is just so much you can do with the additional clockspeed without architectural modification or redesign. It is still rather impressive to see about 10% improvements without any architectural change. Hopefully with Kaveri will bring a sizable gain in the CPU performance. The launch of Richland is not a game changer for AMD and no one expects it to be so. It still does what it does the best, ie any workloads that can tap into the integrated GPU such as gaming. Of course, if you are using a dedicated graphic card, then you may not care much about the IGP. On the CPU front, it is certainly a capable processor and is capable of delivery good performance at its price point. AMD positions the APU against the Intel Core i3 since the performance is almost a toss up between the two. The Core i3 obviously wins in the light workloads but the APU has strength in certain heavier workloads and the GPU power. AMD also has additional arsenal in its disposal with the inclusion of the AES support and the ability to pair with a relative budget GPU for added performance. AMD has small window to grab some market shares since Intel has not yet announced the Core i3 parts based on the Haswell architecture so it is currently going against the Ivy Bridge or the Sandy Bridge Core i3. Based on what we can gather, even if Intel’s upcoming Core i3 CPU is able to deliver about 25% to 50% improvement over the current HD 4000 GPU, AMD may still has a slight edge but we have to reserve the judgment until we get a chance to test it It is a bit difficult for us to recommend upgrading to the FM2 platform if you are currently using the FM1 socket platform since we know very well that in a few months, we will get to see Kaveri. AMD has not officially come out and say if the upcoming platform will support FM2 socket. Rumors floating around the web is that the upcoming APU will use the FM2+ socket which at the moment, we do not know if this means that potentially some current motherboard may support Kaveri with a bios update. It is possible we may see the same story like AM3/AM3+ upgrade where older socket may support the newer CPU minus a few features. Our recommendation is that unless you absolutely need a new platform now, then wait for Kaveri. If you are currently using a dual-core FM2 system, upgrading to the A10-6800K is certainly not a bad upgrade to prolong the lifespan for a couple of more years for $100. Or if you are looking to upgrade three or four years old PC, the FM2 platform is certainly a very good alternative to the Intel Core i3 platform. Not only that you get a much more powerful system, the IO upgrade to SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 are certainly going to make world difference. The FM2 platform is also a great choice if you are building a media PC as well, especially the 65W A10-6700. Even for a budget system, the A10-6800K is certainly more than capable of playing games and the money saved can very well be put into a better graphic cards or an SSD which in term should offer a much greater performance improvements. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... AMD “Kabini” and “Temash” APU’s AMD has officially released its entire mobile platform for the year 2013. Today the company...

    6 years ago
  • No grade
    AMD A10-6800K & A10-6700 Richland APU Review

    ConclusionWhen I first got my hands on AMD's Second Generation Trinity APU, I was was mightily impressed at what it was able to accomplish. By placing a CPU and a very usable GPU, it made the lower end discrete graphics cards obsolete.The Third Generation of Fusion has continued that trend while going back to an AMD tradition of going in the same socket as its predecessor, and a great socket it is. Placing a $140 A10-6800K in a $120 A85X motherboard affords you the most versatile and powerful computing platform for the dollar again this year. The A-Series platform can be an entertainment hub, a multitasking workstation, and provide a competent gaming center as well. The A85X FCH is equally impressive with about every option and upgradeable capability you could want. For a meager $50-$80 you can make use of AMD Dual Graphics and take advantage of the ability to run three monitors directly from the motherboard or an add-in discrete card.