AMD Richland Review; A10-6800K & A10-6700 Benchmarked

Author: SKYMTL
Date: June 3, 2013
Product Name: A10 6800K & A10 6700
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Overclocking Results

Before we get too far into this section, let's bring you back in time to nine months ago when our overclocking outing with Trinity hit a stability wall at 4.77GHz. At the time, this was as far as the architecture would go on air cooling, even after several hours of tweaking. Our A10-6800K sample had slightly different plans.

AMD's solution for overclocking their APU's is blissfully simple: buy a good cooler, increase the multiplier, add some voltage and you're off to the races. Sure, there are several finer-grain controls like Bus Speed modifications that will keep enthusiasts busy for days but the basic process makes overclocking a straightforward, rewarding exercise for newcomers.

For this section, we set aside about two hours, one of which was dedicated to stability testing in order to ensure the final clock speeds you see below go beyond a simple CPU-Z screenshot. Voltage was also capped at an offset of +0.13V, a setting which ensured heat didn't go above the 80C mark on our Noctua NH-U12S cooler.

While just over 5GHz is a reasonably good achievement, our sample was actually able to boot into Windows at 5.4GHz but we had to dial things back in order to achieve complete stability in games. With a bit more tweaking, this particular A10-6800K should have no issue hitting at least 5.2GHz on air and potentially even higher on water cooling.

Our results were achieved with only one sample so actual median overclocking headroom on these chips may be higher or lower than this. However, the nearly straight stock / OC clock speed correlation between our A10-5800K and A10-6800K seems to point towards an ability by AMD to dynamically scale their frequencies in Richland without sacrificing its overclocking ability. That's certainly good news for anyone who wants more performance out of their APUs.

With all of this being said, we're intrigued by how high our sample will clock. Expect additional updates in our forum comment thread over the next 48 hours as we try to squeeze a bit more out of this chip.

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