As usual, we use the Bapco SYSmark 2012 suite to estimate performance in everyday computing tasks. It emulates a user working in popular office and digital content creation and processing applications. The test produces a single score indicative of the computer’s average performance across different applications. After the launch of Windows 8, SYSmark 2012 got updated to version 1.5 and we use the updated version for our tests.
Just as expected, the improvements in the microarchitecture of the Kaveri’s x86 cores translate into but a very small increase in performance over the earlier APUs. And since the A10-7850K works at a lower clock rate than the A10-6800K, the new Socket FM2+ processor turns out to be inferior to the older one in popular applications. There’s no talking about competing with today’s Core i3 and Core i5 models, of course. Intel’s Pentium series can even sport a higher SYSmark 2012 score than the new quad-core A10-7850K from AMD.
Now let’s take a closer look at the performance scores SYSmark 2012 generates in different usage scenarios. The Office Productivity scenario emulates typical office tasks, such as text editing, spreadsheets, email and web-surfing. This scenario uses the following applications: ABBYY FineReader Pro 10.0, Adobe Acrobat Pro 9, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Word 2010 and WinZip Pro 14.5.
The Media Creation scenario emulates the creation of a video clip out of prepared materials (digital images and videos) using popular tools from Adobe: Photoshop CS5 Extended, Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5.
Web Development is a scenario that emulates website authoring. It uses the following applications: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Mozilla Firefox 3.6.8 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.
The Data/Financial Analysis scenario is devoted to statistical and market analysis by means of Microsoft Excel 2010.
The 3D Modeling scenario is about creating 3D models and rendering static and dynamic scenes using Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Autodesk 3ds Max 2011, Autodesk AutoCAD 2011 and Google SketchUp Pro 8.
The last scenario, System Management, creates backup copies and installs software and updates. It involves several different versions of Mozilla Firefox Installer and WinZip Pro 14.5.
The senior Kaveri-based model is inferior to the Richland at most types of load. The only exception is 3D modelling but the A10-7850K is a mere 3% ahead of the A10-6800K then. So if you don’t care about integrated graphics, the Kaveri is not a better choice than its predecessor. In fact, even the Core i3-4340, which is substantially cheaper than the A10-7850K, can offer higher performance in everyday applications typical of home and office PCs. The Kaveri just does not impress us as a desktop PC.