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

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In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. LAME is an open-source MP3 audio encoder that is used widely in a multitude of third party applications.

LAME MT
Audio Encoding

In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file (a hallucinogenically-induced Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application, in both single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance.

 

Audio encoding with LAME MT is definitely not one of Piledriver's strong suits. The A10-6800K and A8-6700 outpace all of the other APUs we tested, but Intel's parts simply dominate in this test due to their strong IPC advantages over AMD at this time.

SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark
JavsScript Performance Testing

Next up, we have some numbers from the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark. According to the SunSpider website:

This benchmark tests the core JavaScript language only, not the DOM or other browser APIs. It is designed to compare different versions of the same browser, and different browsers to each other. Unlike many widely available JavaScript benchmarks, this test is:

Real World - This test mostly avoids microbenchmarks, and tries to focus on the kinds of actual problems developers solve with JavaScript today, and the problems they may want to tackle in the future as the language gets faster. This includes tests to generate a tagcloud from JSON input, a 3D raytracer, cryptography tests, code decompression, and many more examples. There are a few microbenchmarkish things, but they mostly represent real performance problems that developers have encountered.

Balanced - This test is balanced between different areas of the language and different types of code. It's not all math, all string processing, or all timing simple loops. In addition to having tests in many categories, the individual tests were balanced to take similar amounts of time on currently shipping versions of popular browsers.

Statistically Sound - One of the challenges of benchmarking is knowing how much noise you have in your measurements. This benchmark runs each test multiple times and determines an error range (technically, a 95% confidence interval). In addition, in comparison mode it tells you if you have enough data to determine if the difference is statistically significant.

All of the systems were tested using the latest version of Internet Explorer 9, with default browser settings, on a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

 

AMD's new APUs showed some nice improvements over last year's 5000 series products in the SunSpider benchmark, but despite the nice speed boosts, Intel's processors finished well ahead.
 

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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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