AMD A10 5800K Launch Review

Product: AMD A10 5800K / ASUS F2 A85-M Pro
Company: AMD
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: October 1st, 2012

Image Quality Analysis

Image Quality - Media Playback

During our power testing we mentioned that the higher power draw from the AMD APU was due to it doing more work - so let's look at what that might be and how it makes a difference.

Vision Engine Video Quality
Vision Engine Color

Beyond simple color correction, there are a lot of options for post processing videos, including managing interlacing. We can demonstrate this with playback of a 480i video upscaled to 1080p with post processing, using the driver built in side by side comparison (left is unprocessed)

This extends to HD DIVX and Blu-ray video as well, where small but noticeable improvements in color, contrast and vibrancy can be made. While the defaults aren't to everyones taste, the options and ease of use of the controls from AMD's Vision Engine Control Center aren't matched by the basic and simple Intel HD Graphics controls. If you're building a PC for media consumption, this tweaking facility will prove invaluable, as will AMD's exclusive Steady Video filter, available for use on local and streaming media (via IE9 control plugin).

Image Quality - Gaming

With AMD's A10 supporting DirectX 11, many titles have options that aren't avaiable under Intel HD graphics. Additionally, the APU graphics are powerful enough to use these options, albeit perhaps not at 1920x1080 resolution. The second area that AMD beats Intel is filtering quality, through their Anisotropic Filtering algorithms and drivers:

AMD A10 Radeon HD 7660D:

Smoother Filter level Transitions
Angle Independent Filtering

Intel HD 2000 graphics:

GT1 Anisotropic Filtering
Angle Dependent at 16xAF

That's some harsh angles of angle dependent filtering and in motion the AF shimmers worse than AMD's pre-Catalyst fixed AF did on the HD 5800 series.