So this is a very limited preview focusing more on the technology rather then the performance, it's what AMD allows us to do and not so much what we want to show you as the entire article is already ready. Please stay tuned for the final article slash review next week.
TDP wise AMD tried to stick to the same power usage as the Llano APUs offers. It's a bit of a mixed bag really, in IDLE (no dedicated graphics card installed) you'd sit just under 40 Watts, however when we start to stress the CPU cores then power consumption quickly went upwards to an excess of almost 140 Watt (for the entire PC). That's steep really. Intel's Ivy Bridge at both levels simply offers lower numbers.
Any Trinity based platform will offer value for money. A very strong selling point obviously is the embedded GPU. And combined with the A85X chipset, features like a native sixfold of SATA-600 and USB 3.0 support is offered. Also a very powerful Catalyst based software suite surrounding Trinity definitely brings heaps of advantages to AMD opposed to the competition.
So if you purchase an A85 motherboard, PSU, HDD/SSD, memory and the APU and you are good to go really -- a fully functional PC is what you get for very little money. Especially the A10 5800K APU offers decent enough CPU performance, excellent multi-media options, the Full HD experience and sure, even gaming, albeit very low level will work.
Heat levels -- the per core temperatures are not reported properly with any software we tried. But the CPU base temperature could be measured and monitored. The temperatures of the APU are a non-issue, obviously we always recommend a proper cooler. But expect a thermal envelope of 45~50 Degrees C with a decent cooler and heavy APU stress.
The AMD A10 5800K processor as tested today offers what AMD always offers, an interesting alternative with every gadget available on-board. If you purchase an A10 APU with the combination of that A85 based motherboard, you'll have a processor, graphics subsystem, six SATA-600 ports, USB 3.0, heaps of USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HD audio and you simple get a very up-to-date PC.
Again, this is a very limited preview focussing more on the technology rather then the performance. Please stay tuned for the final article slash review next week, upcoming Monday.
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