AMD A10-5700 Trinity Desktop APU - Going Back for Seconds

Launch SRP: S$136

Going Back for Seconds

AMD A10-5700 - Going Back for Seconds

In October this year, we witnessed the official launch of AMD's desktop Trinity APU with its flagship AMD A10-5800K. Following this top-end APU like a loyal and trustworthy wingman, the A10-5700 is positioned as more power-efficient alternative to the A10-5800K. The former is rated at 65W TDP and in order to balance its performance with a lower power envelope, the A10-5700 is rated at 3.4GHz for its base clock speed (as opposed to 3.8GHz on the 5800K model). Its Turbo CPU clock is a respectable 4.0GHz (down from 4.2GHz on the speedier variant). However, the attractive aspect about this lower-powered APU is that it still features the same Radeon HD 7660D graphics core from more powerful counterpart, albeit with a lower GPU clock speed at 760MHz versus 800MHz.

With such a slight discount in its core speeds (both on the CPU and GPU portions), we do have the initial expectations that the A10-5700 shouldn't lag too far behind the A10-5800K. Hence, we decided to dip back into the buffet spread of Trinity APUs by going back for seconds with the A10-5700 on our plates. Priced at S$136, is it also a worthy buy? That's what we intend to find out as we compare it against the recently reviewed A10-5800K APU that has a suggested standalone price of S$169.

Like most of the other Trinity APUs, the A10-5700 comes in a compact retail package, together with a CPU cooler and a sticker that boasts of the APU's Trinity lineage.

Specifications of AMD A-Series Trinity Desktop APUs
Model Radeon
CPU Clock
(Base / Turbo)
L2 Cache AMD Turbo
Core 3.0
Radeon Cores GPU Clock
DDR3 Memory Support
A10-5800K HD 7660D 100W 4 3.8GHz / 4.2GHz 4MB Yes 384 800MHz

up to 1866MHz

A10-5700 HD 7660D 65W 4  3.4GHz / 4.0GHz  4MB  Yes 384  760MHz  up to 1866MHz
A8-5600K HD 7560D 100W 4  3.6GHz / 3.9GHz  4MB  Yes  256  760MHz up to 1866MHz 
A8-5500 HD 7560D 65W  4 3.2GHz / 3.7GHz   4MB  Yes  256 760MHz up to 1866MHz 
A6-5400K HD 7540D 65W  2  3.6GHz / 3.8GHz  1MB Yes  192  760MHz  up to 1866MHz
A4-5300 HD 7480D 65W  2  3.4GHz / 3.6GHz  1MB  Yes  128  723MHz  up to 1600MHz


Test Setup

The AMD A10-5700 was tested with the MSI FM- A85XA-G65 motherboard as our initially used ASUS F2A85-M Pro motherboard developed technical issues. Otherwise, the test parameters used and all other comparisons are identical to our test setup documentation outlined in our review of the AMD A10-5800K APU. Considering its price point and specs, we'll closely monitor its results against the AMD A10-5800K APU and the Intel Core i3-3220 CPU.

The Good
Ideal top-tier Trinity APU for non-overclockers
Great for HTPC and compact desktops
Multi-monitor gaming capable
Low power consumption
The Bad
Needs new Socket FM2 motherboards
Poor compute performance in some tests
Doesn't perform better than Llano all the time
Limited overclocking capabilities