Setup and Errata
The APUs were installed in the Asus Crosshair Ranger FM2+/A88X motherboard. Windows 10 was freshly installed with the latest drivers and updates. Installation was smooth and I ran into no issues. The OS was installed on a SSD while games and benchmarks sat on a 1 TB spinning hard drive. Power was measured from the wall so it included all components.
The chips were tested without a discrete graphics card since all chips in testing featured integrated graphics. I tested the AMD parts against the previous “Kaveri” based A10-7850K, the older Intel i3-4330, and finally the new i3-6100. The AMD parts and the i3-4330 were tested with 8 GB of DDR-3 while the i3-6100 featured 16 GB DDR-4 of memory. The extra memory should not directly impact results as none of the benchmarks and games took up 16 GB, much less the 8 GB of the other solutions.
The i3-4330 used the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H. This is an older board, but was introduced with the Haswell architecture several years ago. It still features many modern connections and is a fast and stable motherboard. The i3-6100 uses the GA-Z170X-UD5. This is a cutting edge board with all of the latest bells and whistles that we come to expect with a modern motherboard (M.2, PCI-E 3.0, USB 3.1, etc.).
Asus Crosshair Ranger-2 x 4GB Radeon DDR-3 2133
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H- 2 x 4GB GSkill DDR-3 1866
Gigabyte GA-787X-UD5- 2 x 8GB GSkill DDR-4 2400
Samsung 500 GB 850 EVO SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB HD
Lite-On BD Reader
Corsair TX750W Power Supply
Windows 10 64 Bit
Catalyst 16.4.1 Drivers
Intel Graphics Drivers 15.40