Before moving onto a bigger challenge like gaming, lets see how well AMD’s A10-5800K stacks up to Intel’s Pentium G860 in various multimedia workloads.
We’ve logged enough time in the lab to know that CPUs like the FX-6300 need about 50% higher clock rates to match the per-core performance of a 3.0 GHz Sandy Bridge-based Pentium. With that in mind, we weren’t expecting Trinity to fair any better in iTunes and LAME. Fortunately, high base frequencies are further boosted by Turbo Core to keep the $350 PC delivering at least 90% of the $400 machine’s performance, preventing all-out embarrassment.
On the flip-side, the ability to execute four threads allows the $350 PC to finish 50-70 percent faster in the well-threaded HandBrake and TotalCode Studio workloads. Overall, the cheap machine walks away from our A/V suite leading by a healthy margin.
- General-Purpose Computing On The Cheap
- CPU, Graphics, And Cooler
- Motherboard, Memory, And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Quick And Easy Assembly
- The Budget Overclocking Dance
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: F1 2012 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3
- Results: Tuning Games For An APU
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary
- What Can You Expect From A Budget Box?