To wrap things up, let’s first talk about the AMD A10-6700 first, then we will move onto the MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 motherboard.
Looking over the AMD A10-6700, in the raw performance sector we saw some great improvements over the “Trinity” 5800K. With the increase average between 3-5% in our benchmarks, AMD did a great job with its additions to the FM2 based socket. If you were to take Richland and Trinity side by side, there are no big changes to its architecture. We primarily saw this as an increase of core clocks along with the newly added graphics update from its 7xxx series to its 8xxx radeon series graphics. We feel that AMD has added strength to its already existing consumer base for its APU market.
Now, if you place the 6800K and 6700 side by side, you lose out on some of the features of the 6800K, and looking its pricing, we are wondering if AMD did this intentionally, since they are priced the same according to our line up graph. With the faster memory controller on the 6800K and the higher core clocks, we wonder if this is going to hurt any sales with the 6700. If I had to choose from the 2 chips at the same price, we might as well pick up the A10-6800K and have the higher performance potential. Remember, the 6700 also lacks the unlocked processor which will hinder some overclocking abilities and also has a slower memory controller.
The chipset for the FM2 based processor didn’t bring a great deal of changes, but we did see some great potential with the added support of the 2133MHz memory controller on the A10-6800K chip and the 6700 with a higher boosted core clock. Essentially its almost the same as the 5800K with the exception of its on-board graphics die. If you are wondering whether it will be worth upgrading from the existing 5800K, if you are running the flagship Trinity, we would recommend you stick to it for a while as the cost of the upgrade may not justify the change. This is unless you are looking to make use of its new graphics die on the 6700 or 6800K, otherwise the 5800K performance will do just fine.
We continue to see AMD improving this impressive and unique architecture on the APU chips. We understand they were not targeted for the high-end PC builders, but we can see a large consumer market for those looking for a budget PC. This platform is also excellent for OEM builders and/or mobile applications. The discrete on-board graphics will give great performance to value in that sector. To add to this, the capabilities of dual graphics support for little money really increased the performance per value ratio. With little money spent, the possibilities are much better than what we can see from Intel’s budget line. Until we see something from Intel that can house a discrete on-board graphics die, we believe AMD has the crown in this sector.
With the MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 motherboard, MSI did a great job with this A85X chipset. While this board is targeted towards the budget oriented builder, it was feature packed and included most of today’s innovative ideas normally reserved for higher end motherboards. The features of the A85X chipset offers the best performance to value ratio and comes with a small price tag. The aesthetics of the board are great, and it didn’t lack the basic features needed.
The MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 board can be found for $79.99 at Tigersdirect.com and the AMD A10-6700 for $142.00, you can get this combo for under $225.00 which makes this a great value. Adding in an additional 6670 for roughly $60 bucks, it will give you a great budget system that will handle most of today’s applications, or be a great entertainment HTPC for very little money. We are proud to present both of these products with our PureOverclock Great Hardware Award.
Both the AMD A10-6700 and MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 earn ours our Good Hardware Award.