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AMD A10-6700 review

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Price when reviewed : £115
inc VAT

A great choice if you want a power-efficient high-end A-series processor and don’t want to overclock it

In terms of specification, the AMD A10-6700 is ranked just below the range-topping AMD A10-6800K. Both use the same built-in graphics processor, both have 4MB of level 2 cache and both have four cores, but there are two big differences.

The first is that the A10-6700 has a lower clock speed than the A10-6800K. It runs at a base clock speed of 3.7GHz with a 4.3GHz boost speed, whereas the A10-6800K runs at a base clock speed of 4.1GHz and boosts to 4.4GHz. The A10-6700 also has a lower TDP of 65W, whereas the A10-6800K’s 100W TDP. The second difference is that the A10-6700 is locked, which means you can’t overclock it.

AMD A10-6700

Although the A10-6700 has a lower base and boost clock speeds, the difference in performance between the two processors isn’t huge. The A10-6700 scored 67 overall in our benchmark tests, with scores of 81, 64 and 64 in the image-editing, video-editing and multitasking segments respectively. The A10-6800K scored a slightly higher 71 in the tests, with scores of 83, 69 and 68 in the image-editing, video-editing and multitasking segments respectively. The A10-6800K’s higher performance is certainly welcome, but we could easily live with the performance of the A10-6700.

AMD A10-6700

AMD’s Trinity processors were famed for their built-in graphics processors, and the graphical performance of the new Richland chips is just as impressive. We ran our Dirt Showdown benchmark at a resolution of 1,280×720 with 4x anti-aliasing and High graphics quality and were pleased to see a smooth average frame rate of 42.8fps. Sadly, it scored less highly in our more graphically challenging Crysis 2 test, scoring just 24.8fps at a resolution of 1,280×720 with High quality settings. We say just, but that’s still a great score for the built-in graphics processor of a processor at this price.

If you’re willing to compromise on graphics settings and play at lower resolutions, you could possibly forego a discrete graphics card and rely on the built-in GPU to play games. The A10-6700 also played high bitrate, Full HD video smoothly.

AMD A10-6700

The A10-6700’s main rival is the cheaper dual-core Intel Core i3-3220, which scored 60 overall in our benchmark tests and failed our Dirt Showdown graphics test. Although we like the Core i3-3220, and wouldn’t dissuade anyone from buying one if it fits their needs and budget, we think the A10-6700’s better graphics processor and higher performance make it a better option for budget PC builds.

Basic Specifications

Processor coreRichland
Processor clock speed3.7GHz
Processor socketFM2
Processor process32nm
Processor number of cores4
Processor supported instructionsMMX, SSE 1, 2, 3, 3S, 4.1, 4.2, 4A, X86-64, AMD-V, AES, AVX, XOP
Processor multiplierx37
Processor external bus100MHz
Level 1 cache2x 64KB
Level 2 cache2x 2,048KB
Processor level 3 cacheN/A
Supported memory typeDDR3
Processor power rating (TDP)65W

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