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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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As seen today, Trinity brings two worlds together with Fusion and Piledriver. AMD focused on the instruction set since Bulldozer’s release and suprisingly, they bring a much more rounded APU (Acccelerated Processing Unit) to the table. From performance to efficiency, AMD has manufactured a very good mainstream processing unit coupled with on-die 7660D graphics.

Comparing the A10-5800K with Intel’s IvyBridge i3 3220K shows AMD with a solid win over their rival. We compared out of box performance between the A10-5800K and the i3 3220 and AMD dominated, primarily in graphics. AMD’s 7660D on-die GPU is far superior to Intel’s 4000 graphics. In every benchmark, the 7660D crushes Intel. In proocessor performance, the A10-8150 trades blows with Intel’s 3220. With AMD’s hard work, they figured how to improve on Bulldozer with their newPiledriver cores. If the trend continues, Steamroller should improve on Piledriver, and although it may not beat IvyBridge’s top tier processors, it brings AMD into this decade. Although we were skeptical, Trinity lived up to it’s billing in our opinion.

AMD’s strategy continues to pursue the mainstream market and the mobile sector which some thought, did not make sense. Let’s face it, margins are just not the same as the high end arena but then again, AMD has a product that may surprise the skeptics. Dissecting target customers, we see excellent potential for OEM manufacturers. Looking at our viewers (who usually build their own systems), we see the A10-5800K going into second systems more often and for some, a primary system for family members or folks on a budget. The APU can be laid out three ways: stand alone 7660D, crossfire 7660D + add on 6670, or a higher end discrete graphics card add-on. This gives our viewers a system priced as low as $400, or a step up system in crossfire at the $500-$600 range, or a respectable all around build at approximately $700. Any way you cut it, the A10-5800K will not break the bank and gives you options. Either way, looking on the cheap or spending a bit more, the A10-5800K shows that it will handle eveyday home computing and will be excelllent for what mainstreme users seek. For You Tube, videos and movies, and even some light gaming Trinity has what it takes. Can you say HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer)? This could be the perfect fit.

In conclusion, the AMD A10-5800K may not be the juggernaut performance junkies look for, but it provides an excellent all around computing solution for many. At just $122, it is less than the $140 price tag of its predecessor, the A8-3870K, while performing better. If you’re looking for an inexpensive solution for home computing, the AMD A10-5800K should be a serious consideration, earning Pure Overclock’s Editor’s Chice Award.




    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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