Test Setup


Testing is broken down into two parts for this review.  The first deals primarily with raw CPU tests that compare all of the integrated solutions.performance while using a standalone video card.  The second is a slightly expanded set of graphics 

I take a look at the performance of the new A10 5800K and A8 5600K against previous AMD products.  These include the Phenom II X6 1090T, Phenom II X4 980, and the FX-4170.  Pay very close attention to the FX 4170 results, as that particular processor is based on the older Bulldozer core, but runs at 4.2 GHz/4.3 GHz Turbo and also includes 8 MB of L3 cache.  Comparing the A10 5800K to the FX-4170 is going to give us a pretty good idea of where Vishera might come out.  Remember that the 5800K is clocked at 3.8 GHz with a 4.2 GHz Turbo, and does not include any L3 cache.

On the Intel side we used the older Sandy Bridge based i3 2105.  This is a part that runs at 3.1 GHz and has 3 MB of L2 cache available to it.  It is slightly slower than the newer i3 3220, but not significantly so.  It is has the Intel 3000 series of integrated graphics, which is a DirectX 10 compliant part.  For the graphics only portion we used the i7 3770K which features the new 4000 series of iGPU.  This $330 part is not a good comparison for the A10 5800K in terms of pure CPU performance, but it will at least give us a good impression of what any Intel processor with the 4000 series graphics is able to do.

Common Components

2 x 4GB GSkill DDR-3 1866 @ timings

WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6G HD

AMD Radeon HD 5870 Video Card

Corsair TX-750W power supply

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Edition

Asus Crosshair V 990FX Motherboard (1090T, 980, and FX-4170)

Asus F2A85-M Pro (A10 5800K and A8 5600K)

Asus F1A75V-Pro (A8 3870K)

MSI MPower z77 (i7 3770K)

MSI z77a GD80 (i3 2105)

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