How AMD's Carrizo A10-8700P Compares To Intel's Core i3/i5
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 11 December 2015 at 02:38 PM EST. 31 Comments
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While I ended up returning my AMD A10-8700P "Carrizo" laptop due to its faulty fan, I did run a few benchmarks of it prior to sending it back. Here's roughly what you can expect in terms of its performance against Intel Core i3 and i5 laptops.

There was a broken fan blade that led to the noise, but the heatsink fan was still working... As the thermal data shows from that aforelinked article, it wasn't getting too warm during those prior benchmarks so it shouldn't have been thermal throttling. Nevertheless, take these results for what you want. Additionally, the Carrizo tests were done from a live USB due to returning the laptop. This is just a quick, one-page article with the limited data I have available so figured I would share with not knowing if/when I'll have my hands on another Carrizo device under Linux.

I compared that Toshiba A10-8700P performance to the new Broadwell-based Toshiba C55-C5241 and ASUS F555LA-AB31 laptops I've been talking about recently. The Toshiba has a Core i5 5200U while the ASUS laptop had a Core i3 5010U. All three devices were running Ubuntu 15.10 x86_64 with Mesa 11.0. The Carrizo laptop was using the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.

For the graphics tests, the A10-8700P laptop was coming up short of the HD Graphics 5500 of the i5-5200U laptop, but there's just this limited data I have available. The i3-5010U wasn't tested for graphics since it sports the same HD Graphics 5500.

When it comes to the CPU performance, the A10-8700P Carrizo APU was generally running between these Core i3 and i5 Broadwell CPUs.

Well, that's all of the data from this rough comparison. Again, take the data as you wish and once I get my hands on any new AMD APUs you can expect to see more thorough results.
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