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.

Specifications of AMD A-Series Trinity Desktop APUs
Model Radeon
GPU
TDP CPU 
Cores
CPU Clock
(Base / Turbo)
L2 Cache AMD Turbo
Core 3.0
Radeon Cores GPU Clock
(base)
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.

8.0
Performance
7.5
Features
8
Value
8.5
The Good
Ideal top-tier Trinity APU for non-overclockers
Great for HTPC and compact desktops
Multi-monitor gaming capable
Low power consumption
Affordable
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