As you know, it is the graphics subsystem that determines the performance of the entire platform in the majority of contemporary games if the platform has a fast enough processor. However, the Kaveri is so slow that you can see the difference even if you've got a high-performance discrete graphics card and use maximum visual quality settings. That’s why we have only one test mode here: Full-HD resolution and maximum quality. We can see a substantial difference between our processors with our GeForce GTX 780 Ti card.
Just as we wrote above, the A10-7850K offers lower computing performance than the A10-6800K. Although the Richland APU is based on the older Piledriver rather than the new Steamroller microarchitecture, it has a 10% higher clock rate and a more aggressive Turbo Cache setup. This is enough to ensure a higher frame rate with the same discrete graphics card.
Well, it hardly even matters since none of AMD’s modern APUs is any good for gaming configurations with discrete graphics. Neither the A10-7850K nor the A10-6800K can compete even with the dual-core i3-4340 in gaming performance. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you if you’ve read our earlier reviews. AMD processors with Bulldozer and subsequent microarchitectures are far from brilliant when it comes to gaming.