The new AMD A10-5800K was tested using the ASUS F2A85-M Pro. While the new Trinity desktops have official memory support for DDR3-1866MHz, we were unable to achieve system stability at this rated frequency and we had to downclock the frequency to DDR3-1600 with their memory timings set to automatic. We will look into memory scaling capabilities in the near future after nailing down what memory modules and settings work best. In fact, according to AMD, we should be able to run memory at 2,133MHz and even 2,400MHz for touted greater performance.
For comparison, we’ll be pitting the A10-5800K against the Intel Core i3-3220. Although the latter's base clock speed of 3.3GHz is much lower than our A10-5800K's rated speed of 3.8GHz, the Core i3-3220 is in approximately the same price range as the top Trinity desktop APU. We have included a list of competitive processors in order to flesh out the competition properly. We included the Core i5-3470 as it is a mid-range desktop CPU from the Ivy Bridge camp. With a base frequency of 3.2GHz, the Core i5-3470 comes in right between in the Core i5-2500K and Core i5-2600K, which have base clock speeds of 3.3GHz and 3.4GHz respectively. The AMD FX-8150 was thrown into the mix to possibly ascertain the improvements of the Trinity's desktop APU Piledriver architecture over that of the former's Bulldozer one. Last of all, the AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE was included to round up the competition to see how well AMD's new HSA emphasis bodes against traditional desktop CPU technology from the previous generation. Note that we've maintained a somewhat older configuration and benchmarks for the sake of compatibility across various class of products tested across time.
AMD A10-5800K Test Configuration
Intel Core i3-3220 Test Configuration
The above test configuration was used for the Intel Core i5-2500K and Intel Core i7-2600K CPUs when we obtained the scores of PCMark 7 benchmark.
Intel Core i5-3470 Test Configuration
Intel Core i7-2600K / Intel Core i5-2500K Test Configuration
AMD FX-8150 Test Configuration
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Test Configuration