AMD Trinity A10 5800K APU Review

CPU by leeghoofd @ 2012-11-21

Who hasn't heard about the following phrase? The Future is Fusion ! Unless you have been living under a rock for the last years, this AMD marketing slogan was pretty much everywhere. AMD wanted to create a platform that was mainly very affordable, where a dedicated graphics card was not a must, while being power efficient, especially for the mobile market and up to the task to satisfy our multimedia, digital desires/needs. One option already existed in the form of an integrated graphic chips solutions on the motherboard. However the latter had non-conforming performance for todays standards. This all lead to the creation of the APU, Accelerated Processing Unit.  The first steps to make Fusion a reality. The FM1 socket Llano CPUs was AMD's first succesful try in this new market. As usual the competition caught up, so time for a new revision of the AMD APU. Hello world this is platform Virgo calling... Time to have a look at AMD's latest Trinity socket FM2 APU.

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Test Setup and Methodology

Madshrimps remains loyal to their bench suite. No applications are selected in favour of neither brand. Tests are run to analyse the performance of the product, not to see how it performs with some specific optimised applications.

Closest Intel CPU we could get hold off was the i3 3225, a dual core Ivy Bridge with Hyper Threading capabilities. Retailing just over the price of AMD's A10 5800K CPU.

The Test setup comprises of the following parts:

  • MSI FM2 A85XA-G65 mainboard
  • AMD A10 5800K APU
  • AMD AIO FX cooling unit
  • Corsair Dominator 4GB ( 2x 2GB )  1600MHz C8-8-8-24 dimms
  • Dedicated nVIDIA GTX480 GPU for stock results and non HD7660D tests
  • Western Digital 1TB Green Caviar HDD
  • Corsair 1200X AX PSU
  • Windows 7 64Bit fully patched


Some screenshots of the MSI FM2 flagship A85XA-G65 mainboard




We got a solid lineup of 2D tests, testing either single or multi threaded performance. For 3D, both synthetic and game benchmarks pass the revu. After the stock tests we go a bit deeper into optimizing the CPU.

Next up the HD7660 is tested, analysed and tweaked. Finally some daily possible OverClock Tests and ofcourse the mandatory Liquid Nitrogen action. 

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