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Testbed Configuration and Testing Methodology

Since the Richland generation representative that we managed to get hold of for this test session, A10-6800K processor, is none other but a slightly improved previous flagship A10-5800K Socket FM2 processor, we decided to compare side by side these formally similar APUs, which, however, belong to different design generations. The competition from Intel will be represented by two LGA 1155 processors with comparable price tag: Core i3-3225 (a dual-core processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics core) and Core o5-3330 (the least expensive quad-core, which features a slower Intel HD Graphics 2500 graphics core inside, just like the majority of the desktop Ivy Bridge processors these days.

As far as Intel Haswell is concerned, there are currently no desktop offerings within that family, which could even remotely compare with Socket FM2 Richland desktop processor. Therefore, we are going to stay away from comparing our today’s hero against it.

As a result, we ended up using the following hardware and software components for our testbeds:

  • Processors:
    • AMD A10-6800K (Richland, 4 cores, 4.1-4.1 GHz, 4 MB L2, Radeon HD 8670D);
    • AMD A10-5800K (Trinity, 4 cores, 3.8-4.2 GHz, 4 MB L2, Radeon HD 7660D);
    • Intel Core i5-3330 (Ivy Bridge, 4 cores, 3.0-3.2 GHz, 6 MB L3, HD Graphics 2500);
    • Intel Core i3-3225 (Ivy Bridge, 2 cores + HT, 3.2 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD Graphics 4000).
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe (LGA1155, Intel Z77 Express);
    • ASUS F2A85-V Pro (Socket FM2, AMD A85).
  • Memory: 2 x 4 GB, DDR3-1866 SDRAM, 9-11-9-27 (Kingston KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX);
  • Disk sub-system: Crucial m4 256 GB (CT256M4SSD2).
  • Power supply unit: Corsair AX760i (80 Plus Platinum, 760 W).
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise x64.

We used the following driver versions:

  • AMD Catalyst 13.6 Beta Driver;
  • AMD Chipset Driver 13.4;
  • Intel Chipset Driver 9.4.0.1017;
  • Intel HD Graphics Driver 15.31.3.64.3071;
  • Intel Management Engine Driver 9.5.0.1345;
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 12.5.0.1066.

Taking into account eh APU concept, all benchmarks were performed without the discrete graphics. The graphics cores were fully responsible for displaying the image on the monitor.

 
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