Intel Haswell vs AMD Richland head-to-head

We test both sets of architecture to see which is best suited for your needs.

Benchmarks: Haswell v Richland

Intel has led the way in processing for the last few years, so it's no surprise to find Haswell in front in our application benchmarks.

The high-powered Core i7-4770K scored 1.16 in our application benchmarks. That's quicker than the 1.06 scored by previous generation Core i7-3770K, and it's further ahead of the FX-3850 AMD's most powerful processor scored 0.95 in the same tests.

Graphics performance has taken a more dramatic leap forward. The i7-4770K's HD Graphics 4600 chipset rattled through our 1,600 x 900 Medium-quality Crysis benchmark at 38fps. That's easily playable, and an improvement on the 24fps scored by the Core i7-3770K but not quite able to match the 43fps of A10-6800K.

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The A10-6800K scored 0.81 in our tests an improvement on the 0.76 scored by the A10-5800K. The A10-6700 wasn't far behind, scoring 0.79 in the same tests. It's progress, but it's not enough to match Intel's Haswell-based Core i5s in terms of pure application performance, these top-end APUs match Ivy Bridge-based Core i3 chips.

It's in gaming where Richland APUs make up ground. The A10-6800K's Radeon HD 8670d graphics core scored 90fps in our 1,366 x 768 Low-quality Crysis test, and 43fps when we upped the resolution to 1,600 x 900 and quality settings to Medium. In both tests that's five frames faster than Haswell's HD Graphics 4600 could manage, and even further ahead of Ivy Bridge.

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The gap was even more pronounced in Just Cause 2: the A10-6800K averaged 64fps in the game's low-quality benchmark, but the Core i7-4770K scored just 44fps.

AMD's latest chips perform well without consuming much power. Our test rig, comprising 8GB of RAM and an SSD alongside the A10-6800K, consumed a miniscule 37W when idle and 108W when stress-tested. Our high-end Haswell machine required just 38W when idling but this figure rocketed to 185W at peak load.

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