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Our CPU testing is conducted with a discrete graphics card (a GeForce 9400 GT) to eliminate integrated graphics as a variable, most notably with regards to power consumption. It's also necessary for fairly comparing CPUs that do not have an onboard graphics such as Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge Extreme models.
The A10-6800K and A10-6700's higher clock speeds give them an obvious advantage over the A10-5800K and A10-5700. The performance gains were modest but what was most impressive was that the power management improvements appeared to be working. During our benchmarks, the difference in power consumption was usually very minor and often in Richland's favor.
Overall, the 6800K and 6700 were midrange performers, a big step down from Intel's quad core Sandy/Ivy Bridge parts, but a compelling alternative to AMD's Bulldozer FX line. Richland's high clock speeds gave it superior single-threaded performance while the Bulldozer chips only excelled at multithreaded workloads and were power hungry to boot.
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