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CPU Energy Efficiency
If you run on discrete graphics, the A10-6800K and A10-6700 are more power efficient than competing processors near their US$150 price point. On heavy load, they're roughly on par with the 5800K/5700 and the 6700 comes close to a quad core Sandy Bridge CPU.
For users with balanced workloads, we've determined what we call the "average power consumption" which assumes the system is used half the time for light load activities (an average of idle and H.264 playback) and the remaining half for heavy load (an average of the power consumption used running our six benchmarks). We believe this is a very common usage pattern for an average PC they are often left on for long periods of time, doing little to no work.
In this scenario, Richland is an improvement over Trinity by a couple of watts.
For users with heavy workloads, the total power consumed while running our benchmark suite is of pertinent interest. The total power takes into account the energy efficiency of each CPU while running our benchmark tests as well as how quickly they complete each task. This simulates the power draw of a machine that is purely for doing work and shuts down when its job is finished.
The A10-6800K and A10-6700 finished our benchmarks quicker than their Trinity counterparts and did so using a tad less power. While nothing AMD produces comes close to Intel yet, Richland brings them a little bit closer.
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