Since this is a preview that could only include game benchmarks along with other experience testing, we will keep it short and sweet. AMD is not announcing any pricing today, but did mention that the A10-5800K APU will be priced around the Intel Core i3-2120 ($112.49) or Core i3 3220 ($127.99). If the top-end AMD Trinity A10 processor is priced at or under $130 it looks like things are going to get really interesting. For this preview we compared the AMD A10-5800K to the Intel Core i7-3770K ($329.99) and it was found to be faster in our testing. Not bad and it is pretty amazing to see a processor that costs $200 less winning by such a large percentage in the benchmarks. Also keep in mind that the Intel Core i7-3770K has HD 4000 graphics as well. This is important to note as the Intel Core i3 processors mostly have Intel HD 2500 graphics and the performance gap would be even greater. We have Intel Core i3-3220T and Core i3-3225 processors on order for a better comparison in the weeks ahead!
When it comes to temperature, noise and power consumption, we must admit that we like what we are seeing. The retail boxed CPU cooler that AMD is using for the A-Series APUs is nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done. It also doesn’t cost that much to make and that is key to how AMD is able to make these mainstream desktop processors affordable.
So far, it appears that the AMD APUs have an advantage over Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors when it comes to graphics. The new AMD Radeon HD 7000 series GPU in these APUs is clearly superior to the GPU found in equivalent and even more expensive Intel Ivy Bridge processors. Additional tests will have to wait until October 2nd, as that is when AMD is allowing full reviews of the new ‘Trinity’ APUs!
Legit Bottom Line: The AMD A10-5800K APU looks impressive in the game benchmarks and easily beat the Intel Core i7-3770K, which is a much more expensive processor!