Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: AMD’s latest Elite A-Series APUs offer modest performance improvements over their predecessors. When paired with DDR3-1866 memory, the A10-6700 performs very much like the A10-5800K. The A10-6700 puts up somewhat better numbers due to its slightly higher-clocked CPU and GPU cores (3.7GHz / 4.3GHz / 844MHz vs. 3.8GHz / 4.2GHz / 800MHz), but the differences weren’t dramatic. The A10-6800K fares a bit better. Since AMD has qualified the A10-6800K for use with DDR3-2133MHz memory, and the APU is clocked at 4.1GHz (base) / 4.4GHz (Turbo) / 844MHz (GPU), its performance is better than any previous APU across the board. The higher CPU clocks improve processor performance, and the faster GPU and memory improve graphics performance considerably. Power consumption is also lower than last year's models. Versus Intel’s offerings, Richland doesn’t do much to minimize Intel’s lead in CPU performance, but AMD’s lead in integrated / on-die graphics performance has been maintained. Even the Intel HD 4600-series graphics in the Haswell-based Core i5-4670K doesn’t come close to the performance of the Radeon HD 8000-series GPU in Richland.
The AMD Elite A-Series APUs we’ve shown you here should be available at retail and from AMD’s system partners immediately. Pricing for these new APUs ranges from $69 for the entry-level A6-6400K dual-core to $142 to the top-of-line A10-6800K.
At those prices, AMD’s latest Richland Elite A-Series APUs are somewhat more expensive than their Trinity-based counterparts, which currently top out at about $129, but they’re priced very competitively with Intel’s offerings. The Core i3-3225, for example, is currently selling for $139; the couple of extra bucks for the A10-6800K will get you a better-performing CPU (in multi-threaded workloads, at least) with a much higher-performing GPU. However, Intel still has the edge in single-thread performance and power efficiency. These new APUs are also drop-in upgrades for existing platforms. Looking back at the numbers, we doubt anyone with a high-end Trinty-based APU will feel the need to upgrade, but if you’ve currently got a low-end socket FM2 APU and want to breathe some new life into the system, a Richland Elite A-Series APU is the easiest way to do it and it won't break the bank.