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AMD A10-6800K Richland APU On Linux

Michael Larabel

Published on 29 June 2013
Written by Michael Larabel
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Earlier this month AMD unveiled their Richland desktop APUs as an upgraded version of Trinity. While still based upon Piledriver CPU cores, the AMD A10-6800K APU under Linux is a modest upgrade until the arrival of the Jaguar-based APUs. For starting off our Linux testing of the A10-6800K are Ubuntu Linux benchmarks of this high-end Richland APU compared against the A10-5800K Trinity APU.

The desktop Richland parts were pushed to consumers in early June, but unfortunately not until now have we been able to deliver any Linux benchmarks to the public. AMD hadn't sampled a Richland APU to Phoronix this time around, unlike their earlier APU launches, so only this week did I get around to buying an A10-6800K in order to satisfy reader requests. However, with purchasing this APU and needing to make it a worthwhile investment (if you wish to support Phoronix, please subscribe to Phoronix Premium), the results will be spread across multiple articles. In this weekend article are the initial CPU-focused figures of the AMD A10-6800K compared to the A10-5800K. Overclocking of the Richland APU was also carried out for comparison and through the Phoronix Test Suite are performance-per-Watt results. The results due out in the coming days will look at the A10-6800K Radeon HD 8670D graphics performance and comparisons to Intel Haswell along with other APU/CPUs.

The AMD A10-6800K boasts four Piledriver cores that are clocked at 4.1GHz with a 4.4GHz Turbo frequency and there's a total of 4MB of L2 cache. The graphics integrated into this APU are Radeon HD 8670D graphics with an 844MHz core frequency. The A10-6800K supports up to DDR3-2133MHz memory and has a 100-Watt TDP. The APU that this Richland APU is comparable to in the Trinity generation (and what's being compared today) is the AMD A10-5800K, which had a 3.8GHz base frequency and 4.2GHz Turbo frequency. The A10-5800K boasted HD 7660D graphics with an 800MHz core.

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