AMD A8-5600K: specs and benchmarks

AMD A8-5600K

Summary

AMD started AMD A8-5600K sales 2 October 2012. This is Trinity architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 3900 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is AMD Socket FM2 processor with a TDP of 100 Watt and a maximum temperature of 74 °C. It supports DDR3 Dual-channel memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 3.16 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of A8-5600K processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
10.06
 
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Series
AMD A-Series (Desktop)
 
Architecture codename
Trinity
 
Launch date
2 October 2012 (8 years ago)
 
Price now
$42
 

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores
4 (Quad-Core)
 
Threads
4
 
Base clock speed
3.6 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed
3.9 GHz
 
L1 cache
128K (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
1 MB (per core)
 
Chip lithography
32 nm
 
of 5 (Apple M1)
Die size
246 mm2
 
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
74 °C
 
of 105 (Core i7-5557U)
Number of transistors
1,178 million
 
of 16000 (Apple M1)
64 bit support
+
 
Unlocked multiplier
+
 

Compatibility

Information on A8-5600K compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
Socket
FM2
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
100 Watt
 

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

AMD-V
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by A8-5600K's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR3 Dual-channel
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into A8-5600K.

Integrated graphics card
 

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of A8-5600K. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

3.16

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

2941

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

4295

Geekbench 2

6520

TrueCrypt AES

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

1.8

x264 encoding pass 2

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

21

x264 encoding pass 1

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

102

WinRAR 4.0

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

2449

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

292

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

87

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

3.2

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

0.98

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

8838

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

2772

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

3700

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good A8-5600K is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

This processor matches 88% minimum and 80% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
88%
Recommended
80%
Minimum
88%
Recommended
80%

Intel equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to A8-5600K from Intel is Core i7-870S, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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