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

Test Platforms

Our test platform is as detailed below:

Test Platform - AMD

Component Specification    
Mainboard ASUS F2A85-M Pro ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe  
Chipset AMD A85 Intel H67 Intel H67
Processor AMD A10-5800K Intel Core i3 2120 Intel Core i7 2600K
Integrated Graphics Radeon HD 7660D Intel HD 2000 Intel HD 3000
Discrete Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6670    
Memory 2x4GB AMD Radeon Perf. Ed DDR3-1866 2x4GB Crucial DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM  
Audio Realtek ALC892 Realtek ALC892  
PSU Antec TruePower 650 Zalman ZM500-HP  
Case Open Bench    
OS Drive Samsung 830 128GB Samsung 830 128GB  
Storage Drive Seagate 7200.12 1TB Seagate 7200.12 1TB  
Heatsink/Fan AMD Stock Intel Stock  
Display ASUS VG-236 24"    
Operating System Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate SP1    
Driver Catalyst 12.9b CAP 1 Intel 15.22  

Our platform and test comparison are driven by the hardware we have available to us. We thank Peter Amos at AMD for the ASUS F2 A85M-Promainboard and A10 5800K APU, Darren McPhee at AMD for the Radeon Performance Edition memory, Dan Synder at Intel for the i7 2600K, and ASUS for the P8H67-I mainboard.

AMD A10-5800K
AMD Performance Edition Memory

Product Specification Comparison

  AMD A10 5800K Core i3 2120 Core i7 2600K
SEP (USD) $125 $125 $299
CPU Clock 3.8GHz 3.3GHz 3.4GHz
CPU Boost 4.2GHz N/A 3.8GHz
CPU Cores/Threads 4/4 2/4 4/8
CPU Architecture Piledriver Sandy Bridge Sandy Bridge
Max. Memory Speed DDR3-1866 [2ch] DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333
Graphics Clock 800MHz 850MHz 850MHz
Graphics Boost N/A 1.1GHz 1.35GHz
GPU Cores 384 VLIW4 6 EU's 12 EU's
API Support DX11/OGL 4.1/OCL 1.1/C++ AMP DX10.1/OG 3.1/OCL 1.1 [CPU] DX10.1/OG 3.1/OCL 1.1 [CPU]
Extended Instruction Support AES, FMA3, FMA4, AVX, AMD-V, SSSE4.2 AVX, SSE4.1&4.2, VT-x, EPT AES, AVX, SSE4.1&4.2, VT-x, EPT
Video Feature UVD 3, VCE QuickSync QuickSync
L2/L3 Cache 4MB /- 256KB / 3MB 256KB / 8MB
TDP 100W 65W 90W
Price ~$125USD ~$125USD ~$299USD

We also used a discrete GPU to bump up graphics performance on all systems, an AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB graphics card. AMD Catalyst 12.9b with CAP 1 was used.

Radeon HD 7660D
Radeon HD 6670
HD 2000 Graphics