AMD Trinity A10-5800K Review
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
WHAT WE LIKED:Great priced mainstream processor. On-die GPU, good graphics/video and processing performance. Decent gaming performance for the price.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Although Piledriver has a much better instruction set, vanilla processing performance is only slightly better than Llano.
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Switching to gaming, we wanted to test the 5800K different ways. With the 5800K vs. the Intel 3220, we wanted to see how the 5800K faired with a Gigabyte 6670 crossfired with the on-die 7660D. Also, because we had no idea what horsepower crossfire would bring, we threw in a discrete Gigabyte 7770 into the mix. A special thanks goes out to Gigabyte for providing the motherboard, and the 6670 and 7770 graphics cards for this review! Here are some pics of the two cards:
Here’s the 6670 above.
Here’s the 7770 above.
Ok, let’s roll a few games.
Aliens vs Predator
Aliens vs Predator is a first person shooter based on the popular respective movies. You have the ability to play as each species of human, Alien, and Predator, each with their respective strengths and weaknesses. It obviously contains many survival horror elements. From developer Rebellion, the game features DX11, and can heavily rely on tessellation, which is particularly useful when running interior visuals of natural landscapes and caves.
In Alien vs Predatror, the Intel i3 3220 barely performed and the game play was choppy at best. The 5800K gave us 12.4 FPS of play and when crossfired with the 6670 gave us double those frame rates. In our third test, the crossfire horsepower of the 7660D & 6670 is not even in the 7770’s neighborhood as the 7770 is a pretty stout low end graphics card.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat is the sequel to Shadow of Chernobyl by developer GSC Game World. Featuring an updated X-ray 1.6 engine, advancements include volumetric light, smoke, dynamic wet surfaces, changing weather and realistic day-to-night cycles. When Enhanced Full Dynamic lighting is employed, the sky effects are stunning but can be very taxing on a card, especially when antialiasing is turned up.
In Stalker, we see the same pattern. The 3220 was very choppy while the 7660D on-die GPU gave us playable rates and the crossfire combo gave 50% better game play. Of course, the Gigabyte 7770 is in a different league.
DiRT 3 is the latest in the popular rally racing series that utilizes an updated version of Codemasters’ own Ego engine. Sapphire DX11 engine displays some gorgeous lighting and ambient effects, reflections, and physics with stunning backdrops. Driving through the countryside can be taxing on a system, and higher framerates are needed to keep the car responsive when quick reaction times are needed. Here we crank up the image quality to highest settings available.
Dirt 3 also gave us considerably better frames in the various modes. This time Intel still stays low, but the game play was not that choopy with Intel this time.
Call of Duty: MW3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the latest installment in the legendary first person shooter franchise, taking you back to the action where its predecessor left off, fighting across the globe against terrorist plots. Though the engine is looking dated with only DX9 graphics, and it lacks the advanced features of its contemporaries, it does feature striking lighting and contrasts. It is also more accessible to a wider range of less powerful cards. We have the image quality settings set to maximum.
We ran COD in Campaign mode so the frame rates surely would be higher than multi-play, so keep that in mind. We ran a 30 second scene using Fraps to record the average frames per second. The 7660D performs double what Intel’s 4000 graphics shows. The crossfire gives close to 50% better performance over that. And, of course, the 7770 stand alone card destroyed the others with 170fps.
Battlefield 3 is the spiritual sequel to the vaunted BF2 first person shooter, including large combat maps and a range of vehicles and infantry classes. BF3 features the powerful Frostbite 2 DirectX 11 engine which allows for enhanced destructible environments, advanced physics, and “realtime” radiosity. We crank up the image quality settings to Ultra, which can be very tough on graphics cards.
Battlefield 3 shows similiar results with over double the performance of the Intel setup, and almost double that performance in crossfire. The Intel wasn’t really playable, and the Gigabyte 7770 stays far out front.
Let’s look at the A10-5800K’s efficiency.