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While a lot of people turn to unlocked models of processors and APUs in price books during assembling them, those who buy them in most cases never get further than automatic overclocking which the motherboard offers.A similar situation is  with the new generation of AMDs APUs. You have K models that are unlocked and with whom you ca play overclocking, but isn’t it the logical thing to buy a pure blooded CPU and don’t overcomplicate things. For those who agree with the last ascertainment, AMD has introduced non K models with somewhat weaker performances  in the first run, but they also have a significantly lower consumption. The stated models that don’t have the suffix K have a maximal consumption of 65 W comparing to 100 W, which can be found in models meant for the enthusiasts. A 65 W model will be tested in the following text.

AMD A10It is the A10-5700 APU model of a new generation, that is currently placed next to the strongest member of the Trinity family – the A10-5800K. Briefly, it is the A10-5800K model, which doesn’t have an unlocked multiplier, it has somewhat lower default/turbo tacts, as well as a 40 MHz slower GPU. And that is basically it. With a consumption of 65 W it is an excellent choice for APU based machines. Namely, you get a powerful CPU with currently strongest GPU version from the Trinity family, and all of that packed into a 65 W envelope. No wonder that these two models are sold with the same price. Of course, the recent appearance of the A10-5700 on the market has something to do with it. Although they have very similar characteristics, they are two very different products.
From a technical point of view, the A10-5700 has four (ALU) cores and two FPU units. The default tact made out of solid 3,4 GHz sometimes goes up to 4 GHz. Frankly, it is about two values around which this APU gravitates the most and you will find it around them most of the time, no matter what the strain is.
Talking about the GPU part, it is about the Radeon 7660D with 384 stream processors or "Radeon cores" as AMD classifies them. It is the strongest version of GPU, but because of a lower maximal consumption, the tact was lowered from 800 MHz to 760 MHz, which can be compensated by a faster memory or a simple overclock, which is allowed by some quality motherboards.
When you add all that up, you get one excellent base for a small, powerful, power saving home machine. With solid performances on the CPU and GP sides, you don’t have to buy an overclocking board, and you also have the power saving side of the story that will positively affect your electricity bill.
In translation, this is the APU we have been waiting for. The CPU is very similar to the A8-5600K model, and the differences exist only because of the difference in tact. 
In any case, you shouldn’t forget that a a good APU and motherboard can be bought for a decent amount of money, and that no Intel options can get close to AMD by price, or by performances in this segment.

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