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

Platform Benchmarks

PC Mark Vantage x64

Futuremark's PCMark Vantage peforms a whole system benchmark looking at all aspects of performance. The results of the full test are shown below, using Futuremarks PCMark score:

Below you can see the performance differences, based on PCMark results from above, each entry indicating the relative performance of the column to the row:

Increase Dual Graphics i3 HD 2000 i3 HD 6670 i7 HD 3000 i7 HD 6670
A10 5800K +52% -13% -6% +26% +32%

PCMark Vantage performs well on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture, with the i7 beating the A10 APU by 25%. The APU holds off the Core i3 and the result shows that this test is not wholly dependent on graphics performance - adding the 6670 doesn't push the i3 past the A10.

PC Mark 7:

Next we used the free version of Futuremark's PCMark 7 Basic test, again using the PCMark score as comparison:

Increase Dual Graphics i3 HD 2000 i3 HD 6670 i7 HD 3000 i7 HD 6670
A10 5800K -6% +20% -8% +41% +10%

Here we Intel's dedicated video encoding hardware making a difference - PCMark 7 Basic is very sensitive to QuickSync being enabled; the Core i3 is 20% higher scoring with Quicksync and 8% slower with a discrete GPU. Hopefully AMD can get their VCE hardware supported and weighted similarly for a future update of PCMark, but for right now this could be a foreshadowing of things to come - Intel's specific hardware accelerators are supported, and AMD's are less so. Dual Graphics takes away the advantage of having the GPU right next to the CPU, and slows performance as only the primary GPU is used - the PCI-Express Radeon HD 6670.