AMD A10-5800K Trinity Desktop APU ReviewMon, Oct 01, 2012 - 11:00 PM
The A10-5800K & Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard
The AMD A10-5800K is flagship AMD APU based on the Trinity core and it just happens to be the APU that we will be using for testing today in this preview. It’s a quad-core CPU with integrated graphics called Radeon HD 7660D. The CPU core is clocked at 3.8GHz and can go up to 4.2GHz using Turbo Boost. The GPU is clocked at 800 MHz and has 384 Shader Processing Units. The fastest memory that is officially supported is DDR3-1866, but many motherboards have multiplier options for up to DDR3-2400.
The AMD A10-5800K can only be used on socket FM2 motherboards due to the 904-pin arrangement. Our processor has part number AD580KW0A44HJ and looks like it was made in the 21st week of 2012, which was the final week of May.
We’ll be testing this processor out in the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 motherboard. This is a standard ATX mainboard that uses the new AMD A85 chipset and the FM2 processor socket. It has an MSRP of $139.99 and should be available in the retail market soon. The GA-F2A85X-UP4 features Gigabyte’s new power delivery system, which
promises much cooler VRM temps thanks to some interesting IP from
International Rectifer and 60A per phase. Mainboards using this technology
will use the ‘UP’ naming system rather than the ‘UD’ that Gigabyte has
been using over the past several years. As you can see from the image above, the GA-F2A85X-UP4 clearly has three
full length x16 PCI Express slots for graphics cards, but the third slot is only electrically
x4. This board has all four display outputs (DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI,
VGA), six SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports (4 rear & 2 front), eight SATA III
6Gbps ports, DualBIOS and tons of other goodies. We’ll have a full review of this board in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!
Here is a closer look at the processor socket area on the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 motherboard. The CPU Cooler or HSF mounts remain unchanged, but the socket now has 904 pins. Socket FM1 was used for AMD A-series mainstream Fusion (Llano) processors and had 905 pins. The difference is more than just a pin though as the arrangement has changes as well.
Here is a quick shot of the AMD A10-5800K APU seated in the new FM2 socket!
The AMD A10-5800K is a 100W TDP processor, but the CPU cooler remains unchanged and is identical to the one released in 2011 for Llano APUs. Let’s take a look at the test system and see take a look at the performance numbers!