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AMD A10-6700 And A10-6800K Review: Richland Hits The Desktop

Results: Media Encoding

It's clear from the pages of benchmarks we just ran that Richland's graphics subsystem has little trouble making quick work of Intel's HD Graphics 2500 engine. And we can be fairly certain from Angelini's evaluation of the Core i7-4770K that AMD's A10-6800K is going to be faster than HD Graphics 4000 and even HD Graphics 4600, too. But what happens when we shift away from the 3D applications and focus more intently on x86 apps? We'll start with a couple of single-threaded audio encoding titles.

iTunes is notoriously single-threaded, giving Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture a notable advantage. The A10-6800K manages to improve on AMD's A10-5800K, but it can't come close to the Core i3.

The same applies to LAME, another single-threaded audio encoding title.

HandBrake exploits multi-core architectures well, yielding an advantage to AMD's Piledriver design. Two Hyper-Threaded Ivy Bridge cores simply cannot keep up.

As the Lame results mirror iTunes, so does TotalCode Studio emulate the outcome of HandBrake. In general, software-based video encoding workloads favor the CPUs with more cores to work in parallel. It's true that AMD's Piledriver modules do share certain resources. However, Hyper-Threading isn't enough to keep Intel's efficient dual-core configuration ahead.

We should also note that these are software-based video encoders. A build of HandBrake recently emerged with optimizations for OpenCL and Intel's Quick Sync technology. Factoring in hardware acceleration affects performance and quality, so keep that in mind when you start looking at encode jobs that exploit other resources.

  • Novuake
    VLIW4... Are you kidding me??? WHen is that gonna be scrapped...
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  • esrever
    Numbering has never been for the architecture inside the chips. They have always been marketing for the current line of products. Normal people buy a laptop, they see the number, they get the performance associated with said number and they don't care about the inside of the chip. Richland is just a trinity refresh with better power management and higher clocks.
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  • griptwister
    AMD, Good show! Now, release Kaveri Already! I need a new SteamRoller CPU!
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  • tului
    They say it's VLIW4 then say it's GCN. They can't be both can they?
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  • songorocosongo
    The 6800k is good, but I expected it to be a little more powerful.
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  • Yuka
    No temps with power metrics page? 8(
    I guess Richland is still very hot going by the power figures alone. Still, it's a good step up (and stop gap) for AMD.
    Nice review still. Are you guys planning on a follow up for Dual Graphics? 8)
    Cheers!
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  • kfronda26
    This is dumb. Still 6670 max card for dual graphics. Disappointing.
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  • Wes Young
    10920935 said:
    This is dumb. Still 6670 max card for dual graphics. Disappointing.

    No, since driver 13.1 even the 5800k was able to run dual graphics with a HD 7750. I am typing on a system with that exact setup right now. I am not sure if the 6800k will allow anything above the 7750 though. When I tried a 7770 with the 5800k I wasn't given the option to enable dual graphics.
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  • unknown9122
    AMD swings and misses once again.
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  • unknown9122
    AMD swings and misses once again.
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