AMD A10 and A8 Trinity APU: Virgo CPU Performance - HotHardware

AMD A10 and A8 Trinity APU: Virgo CPU Performance

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Test System Configuration Notes: When configuring our test systems for this article, we first entered their respective system BIOSes or UEFIs and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High performance Defaults". We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS/UEFI and set the memory speed to each platform's maximum, officially supported speed--DDR3-1866 in the case of Virgo. The solid state drives were then formatted, and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the Windows installation was complete, we fully updated the OS, and installed the drivers necessary for our components. Auto-Updating and Windows Defender were then disabled and we installed all of our benchmarking software, performed a disk clean-up, cleared any prefetch and temp data, and ran the tests.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Intel and AMD - Head To Head

System 1:
AMD A10-5800K
(3.8GHz - Quad-Core)
AMD A8-5600K
(3.6GHz - Quad-Core)

Asus F2A85-M Pro
(AMD A85 Chipset)

2x4GB Corsair DDR3-1866

Radeon HD 7660D/7560D
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS

Windows 7 x64
System 2:
Intel Core i5-3470
(3.2GHz - Quad-Core)
Intel Core i3-3220/3225
(3.3GHz - Dual-Core)

MSI Z77A-GD65
(Z77 Express Chipset)

2x4GB G.SKILL DDR3-1866

Intel HD 2500/4000
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS

Windows 7 x64
System 3:
AMD A8-3870K
(3.0GHz - Quad-Core)

Asus F1A75-V Pro
(AMD A75 Chipset)

2x4GB Corsair DDR3-1866
(@ 1866MHz)

Radeon HD 6550D IGP
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS

Windows 7 x64
System 4:
AMD FX 8150
(3.6GHz Eight-Core)

Asus CrossHair V Formula
(AMD 990FX Chipset)

2x4GB G.SKILL DDR3-1866
(@ 1866MHz)

GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS

Windows 7 x64

SiSoftware SANDRA 2012
Synthetic Benchmarks

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2012, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2012 suite with AMD's latest APUs (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, and Cache and Memory). All of the scores reported below were taken with the processors running at their default clock speeds with 8GB of DDR3-1866 RAM running in dual-channel mode on an Asus F2A85-M Pro motherboard.
 

AMD A10-5800K:
Processor Benchmark
 
 

AMD A10-5800K:
Multimedia Benchmark
 

AMD A10-5800K:
Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
 

AMD A10-5800K:
Cache Latency Benchmark
 

AMD A8-5600K:
Processor Benchmark
 

AMD A8-5600K:
Multimedia Benchmark
 

AMD A8-5600K:
Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
 

AMD A8-5600K:
Cache Latency Benchmark
 

Despite their new architecture and much higher base and Turbo frequencies, the AMD A10-5800K and A8-5600K offer only marginal improvements in performance over previous-gen products according to SANDRA. As the processor and multimedia benchmarks show, the A10-5800K and A8-5600K are only marginally faster than a Phenom II X4 965 and hang with older Core 2 Quads. Memory bandwidth is in the 11.1 - 11.4GB/s range, and like Bulldozer-based FX-Series processors, cache latency is unfortunately much higher than previous-gen products.
 

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I never thought I would say this but I am going to and I hate it. I am re-building a PC for a lady who is an private Architect and I will be replacing her PHENOM II X4 965, MB, PSU, and Nvidia GPU with a ASRock X79 Extreme3 LGA 2011 Intel X79 MB a ntel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz a SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS and a XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and 8 more GB's of DDR3 added to the 8 she already has. I have no doubt she will be amazed by the system that comes out of it compared.

It sucks though AMD needs to get back on there A game. If it was a gaming computer I might consider a Bulldozer when there released but right now for a top end PC or at least up until now (looking forward to seeing what Bulldozer actually does) or relatively soon for a top end PC there not in consideration etc for a general user no matter whether there an architect or not. General user ok and do not forget I have a Phenom II x4 065 system I built personally sitting right next to me, but the one I am on is an Intel core i7 one.

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And how your post sticks with a review of entry level APU?

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I would stick with nvidia for Autodesk products.

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Drake_McNasty:

I would stick with nvidia for Autodesk products.

 

NVIDIA makes better cards for professional use. AMD doesn't cut it. There are driver issues with Cad-Cam programs.

And why would you (rapid1) buy a gamers video card for someone who is using Autodesk?

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So if Trinity is close to an i3, then a Piledriver 4 module should approach i5 territory?

How sad, this article only got 4 posts. Must not be much love for AMD out there anymoreCrying

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I've personally have been wanting to try out the new apu's. They sound as though they have great performance for budget systems. I can't wait to see what they're about.

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