(HCW) AMD A10-6790K APU Review and Benchmarks

Subject: General Tech, Processors | December 10, 2013 - 06:56 PM |
Tagged: Richland, amd

AMD has been heavily promoting their Kaveri platform leading up to its January launch. This new generation of parts should slowly replace Richland with faster and HSA-compliant silicon. AMD added a new member of the Richland family on October 29th, however, called the A10-6790K. With a base frequency of 4.1 GHz (turbo to 4.3 GHz) and 384 shader cores clocked at 844 MHz, it has a maximum theoretical compute power of 779 GFLOPs.

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Carl Nelson of Hardcoreware (HCW) picked one of these APUs up and tested it against a number of metrics (including OpenCL performance) and four similarly priced competitors. Specifically, he found Battlefield 4 playable on low (~35 FPS) at 720p without a discrete graphics solution especially for a home theater PC (HTPC).

Even though better things are on the horizon, you may want to check out his review if only as comparison to what will arrive next month. Who knows, maybe this fits your $120-130 price point.

Source: Hardcoreware

December 10, 2013 | 08:20 PM - Posted by Ken Luskin (not verified)


>>> Next generation consoles are sharing the same architecture as Kaveri"<<<<

When gamers realize that most new games will be OPTIMIZED for AMD's Kaveri...

Who will want to OVER PAY for an Intel CPU?

December 10, 2013 | 11:01 PM - Posted by arbiter

nice amd fanboyizm there. Coming from a GAMER stand point, i prefer intel cause games run a ton better on intel cpu's compared to amd. I remember when a site tested an AMD cpu vs intel cpu backed by a 7970m, intel cpu stomped the amd cpu by almost 2 times the FPS.

December 11, 2013 | 12:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You are the fanboy maybe.

December 11, 2013 | 12:40 PM - Posted by StewartGraham (not verified)

Yeah, but what were the CPU's?

December 31, 2013 | 05:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"But what were the GPU's?"


December 31, 2013 | 05:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


December 13, 2013 | 09:17 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If u are not "fanboy" then u are someone that dont understand what is going on. Apparently AMD was able to lower his 8 core FX CPU to only 2GHz and there was no FPS drop on R9 290... So yea every extra buck for intel procesor aparently will give you huge 0 FPS... So concluson is that the guy that you are responding to is right and you have no idea what you are talking about.

December 31, 2013 | 05:30 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Even more LMAO.

December 10, 2013 | 11:05 PM - Posted by arbiter


December 11, 2013 | 12:46 PM - Posted by StewartGraham (not verified)

We'll have to see what products are available and this "optimization" affects benchmarks, otherwise there's no point in speculating.

December 11, 2013 | 02:21 PM - Posted by Klimax (not verified)

They won't be. At best you'll get some extra tweaks included, but not even with Kaveri being target, it wouldn't get anywhere close to Intel's CPUs. And those won't be included as they'll just recompile maybe using VS 2013 and all those optimizations will disappear...

Aka, there is no correct statement in your post.

December 11, 2013 | 03:44 AM - Posted by praack

hey i love AMD - always had it for the underdog but c;mon - Battfield 4 at 35 fps- for the love of god WHY????

leave consoles out of this equation too- they are overoptimized - look at the pc space.

Why play a game at 35 fps- just because you can? it's like getting linux to run on a kumquat "just because"

December 11, 2013 | 09:16 AM - Posted by CVfrank (not verified)

The consoles have double and triple the amount of shaders as this apu. You couldn't get comparable performance out of anything AMD has out as an consumer grade apu right now. So whats the point in comparing xbox/ps4 vs PC?

December 11, 2013 | 11:22 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The console CPUs are shareing a fat GPU width bus with the the GPU, on these Custom AMD gaming APUs, and on the PS4, along with the fat GPU style bus, that APU's CPU cores get connected to GDDR5 memory, and all the extra bandwidth fat bus, fast memory goodness, to go along with those shaders!

December 11, 2013 | 11:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This seems like it is the best apu on the market price to preformace wise. Ud be better of with a 6300 or a core i5. Just my opinion.

December 11, 2013 | 12:21 PM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

I'm quite happy with the 6700 currently. My thinking is APU in the living room HTPC and massive CPU/GPU box tucked away in a back room, with the hope that Steam delivers on providing a remote play solution with low latency on a home network. Might pick-up one of these new models though for no other reason then I want to remove the watercooler in my current HTPC (pump is loud). Figure if I'm going to go through the trouble of disassembling it, might as well upgrade at the same time.

December 11, 2013 | 02:34 PM - Posted by Klimax (not verified)

Looks legit. Why compare to Haswell, when you can use Ivy Bridge...
(Correct target would be i3-4130; same tray price)

Just posted few corrections on linked article.

December 11, 2013 | 02:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And would the graphics on the i3 Haswell match the graphics of the A10-6790K, and lets leave descrete NON-Intel graphics cards out of the mix, for the tray for tray comparison!

December 11, 2013 | 07:22 PM - Posted by AMDBumLover (not verified)

did the reviewer check for variance in the retail samples? I heard that is a big issue now /sarcasm

December 31, 2013 | 05:34 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

AMD fanboys exist not because their GPU's are better, but because they are too cheap to buy anything better, and of course they know nothing about tech. Fact.

OMG I don't have to buy a new motherboard for AMD's next CPU that is worse than the one previous and a recycled chipset. Wooo hoooo! AMD FTW!

^That's how stupid you look.

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