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AMD Trinity A10-5800K Review

Posted October 2, 2012 by James Baranski (Drdeath) in CPU & Motherboards







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Release Date: October 2. 2012
Price at time of Review: $122


Great priced mainstream processor. On-die GPU, good graphics/video and processing performance. Decent gaming performance for the price.


Although Piledriver has a much better instruction set, vanilla processing performance is only slightly better than Llano.
Great entry level APU featuring great graphics and video playback.
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by James Baranski (Drdeath)
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Benchmarks: Gaming

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.

As an extra thank you to Gigabyte we also wanted to share this pic of their cards installed. Cheers!

 Ok, let’s roll a few games.

Aliens vs Predator

Alien 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

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

 DiRT 3

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

Battlefield 3

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.

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    This is awesome that you did some benches with Dual Graphics, thank you. It’s been kind of hit and miss finding this info. I do have to ask though, was that 1920×1080 on BF3? Also, why not 1920×1080 for MW3 for consistency’s sake?


    so..ok why new AMD APU pairs with old 6670 and not with 7770 in crossfire..its no point put old 6670 with new 5800k. if u can afford just 6670 then take cheap intel G630 and have similar results.


      The reason is very simple scaleman

      the apu + 6670 amd is enough to play games on medium settings without a hiccup

      this is designed with budget consumers in mind and a g630 intel with same set up would do poorer then that

      reasons 1 its 4 core

      2 the apu is designed to pic up the slack of the 6670 amd ddr5 kind of like a booster in gaming were it lags the apu will speed up etc


    I’m not sure why you weren’t able to overclock your 7660D. I’m able to on mine without changing anything.. I was actually searching of safe speeds to overclock my 7660D. So far, at I tried 1000mhz and was at 58C on average. Is that safe?


    Why not test the Intel with the 6670 and the 7770 looks like you are trying to make Intel look bad lol #biased fanboys


      Test conditions have to stay the EXACT same, or else the results are worthless. Would you compare different cars at different speeds and then draw conclusions at how fast they are on the quarter mile, when only one car ran that track? Testing must be consistent, regardless of which components are used, otherwise people could claim differences are due to the graphics card rather than the CPU. Surely you must see that, right?

      On a side note, this isn’t Twitter, so the hashtag doesn’t really do much in the comment section. Might wanna check that before you post next time. Otherwise looks like you’re trying to make yourself look bad #wrongsite fanboy 😉

    Sandy Bruce

    I dont think anyone would have to try to make Intel look bad when it comes to Integrated graphics. They do that well enough on their own. They do great in clock for clock cpu performance but lag behind in the gpu department. History shows this.


    Why was 1333 MHz RAM used? I’ve heard that using at least 1866 MHz provides substantial improvements in performance, but all of the reviews I’ve seen with a CrossFire setup have used nothing faster than 1600 MHz. Since (according to my research) the APU uses the RAM for graphics, wouldn’t the RAM speed significantly impact graphics performance?


    lol you really don’t need a dedicated graphics card with an A10.

    Just get a decent A85X chipset MB, at least 8 gig DDR3 ram – 1600 Mhz should be MINIMUM for decent performance. CL 8 should be the MAX you go for. Lower CL is better ie 8-8-8 24. CAS latency (has a fairly big performance hit). Well picked RAM and MB, along with a half decent cooler open up your overclocking options a lot.

    You really don’t need to push this thing hard though. It’s a good performer. If you need more graphics, a 7850 is ridiculous value for it’s price and can be heavily O/Cd. At the extreme end I’ve seen 3dMark 11 tests with just one card achieving over 10k.

    Just wait it out if you don’t need it and grab an A12. Long live AMD 🙂


    MY A10 5800K IS ROCKING 4.7GHZ with room AND on the gpu i overclocked it to just a little bit over 1ghz my fps is near 70 on high settings, all bios overclock this lil thing rocks

    amd a10 5800k apu, asrock fm2 pro 4 wd 1 tb hd, corsair xms 2 1333 (also overclocked to 1600)


      it wouldnt let me edit but a corsair h100 for my cooler


      Would u mind sharing your overclock settings in your bios? i am trying very hard to get to 4.8 – 5.0 and i would like to bump up the ram as well like u got . i have same ram and cpu.

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