What can you get for £105? How about AMD's top-of-the-line A8-3870K APU with four CPU cores and an integrated Radeon HD 6550D? That's also enough for a Pentium G620 and discrete Radeon HD 6670. We benchmark both to uncover the best budget-oriented option.
StarCraft II is a CPU-limited title, particularly in our unit-heavy custom map.
The fact that Intel's Pentium processor does so well suggests that StarCraft is unable to exploit AMD's quad-core architecture.
Overclocking doesn't help AMD's APU very much, at least until the processor load lifts toward the end of our sequence, emphasizing graphics performance more prominently.
- Can AMD's APU Outperform A CPU And Discrete GPU?
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Applications
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
- Power Usage Benchmarks
- AMD's APU Appeals To Value, But LGA 1155 Scales Effortlessly