AMD A10 and A8 Trinity APU: Virgo Desktop Experience

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Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we also monitored how much power our test systems consumed using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the processors alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested At The Outlet

Idle power consumption is surprisingly similar between the various platforms we tested, with only a 6 watt spread separating AMD's latest Trinity-based APUs and Intel's Ivy Bridge-based offerings. Under load conditions, however, the AMD platforms consumed significantly more power than Intel's and virtually the same as the previous-gen Llano-based A8-3870K.

Though actual power consumption is similar between the A8-3870K and newer A10-5800K and A8-5600K, efficiency is improved with Trinity / Virgo. Both the A10-5800K and A8-5600K offer better overall and graphics performance than the older A8-3870K, but we'll have to save all of those details for our follow-on article we're working on for next week.

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mhenriday 2 years ago

Very much looking forward to those tests, Dave - thanks for the heads-up !...


realneil 2 years ago

This was a good read Marco.

I have an APU A8-3850 CPU with an ASUS F1A75-V-Pro and a XFX Radeon HD-6670 in hybrid crossfire.

Gaming performance is decent with the addition of it's Hybrid Crossfire capabilities. Overall system performance is good.

These new better, faster variants are a welcome step up as I see it. I heard a rumor that the new platform's Hybrid Crossfire will be possible with faster, 7000 series Radeon cards too. This will be an improvement with meat on it's bones.

marco c 2 years ago

Hybrid CrossFire is possible with faster cards now, even on your 3850, but scaling will always be limited by the slower of the two GPU. You'll never get scaling past a theoretical peak of 2x of the slower GPU, so there's less incentive to stick a faster card in there.

realneil 2 years ago

My documentation stated that the HD-6670 was the fastest card that the motherboard would support in Hybrid mode. Maybe that has changed since I read it. (BIOS updates and improvements are released all of the time)

Using the Hybrid capabilities does improve performance, but it's still nothing like my GTX-570 is.

karanm 2 years ago

Aww man I hate cliffhangers!! Gotta get the whole story before I decide between an i3 or the A10 for a buddy of mine who wants to build his first rig.

CDeeter 2 years ago

Some nice improvements shown by AMD here, and I'm looking forward to seeing the results on the CPU side of things.

MLovejoy 2 years ago

Can't beat the bang for the buck of AMD's APU's...just can't do it.  I think the A6-5400K would be my first choice...that or the A10-5800K. I love the APU in my laptop...I've loved APU's since!

bikemanAMD 2 years ago

Currently have an AMD FM1 APU A6-3620 with Radeon 6530D, and have to say it outperforms my old AMD and Nvidia Video card a ton, can run a whole bunch more than I used to, in the future might go ahead and Crossfire it, if this chip supports Hybrid Crossfire, Retail Chip with HP P6-2133W Desktop PC.    Plan on getting another APU based system soon as I can afford it for my Mother's PC I think at this point

Liking the Reviews on the NEW AMD APU Trinity Line as well

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