AMD A10-6800K and A10-6700 Richland APUs Tested - HotHardware

AMD A10-6800K and A10-6700 Richland APUs Tested

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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

Color us surprised. Although AMD had touted the increased power efficiency afforded by Richland's new boost modes and more sophisticated power management schemes, we thought the chips' higher frequencies would result in higher power consumption across the board.  That was not the case, however; the A10-6700 and A10-6800K both used slightly less power than last year's A10-5800K in our tests, though Intel's processors still sipped power by comparison.

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Is this chip a game changer? I don't think so, but it is a nice step along the performance ladder, and it seems AMD is able to keep pretty close with their road map for their APU, so kudos to them.

Question for you Marco, did they provide any info as to which video cards can be crossfired with these APUs, and can you give it a shot?

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Good read Marco, I'd like to have one of the unlocked APU's.

I don't know about any progress with hybrid crossfire, (a good idea that they need to work on a lot more) Radeon 6700 series was the last one that was enabled.

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Really Loved AMD... Best for me... ^^

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How would these do in a HTPC build and which one would you recommend for an HTPC build?

Also, do these run quieter than most AMD chips out there? I'd like to build a cool and quiet HTPC with some power behind it. 

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Not a bad APU i see :D

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I'd like an unlocked APU to play with. Don't have much experience with them nor the FM/FM2 socket so it'd be nice to play with. May have to get one at tax time. Or, wait, just going to build a media center PC for a client and use this.

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