AMD Radeon Gamer Series RAM, A10-5800K APU Giveaway

Company: AMD
Author: James Prior
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: May 25th, 2013

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To get in the summer spirit, Rage3D is having a quick little Memorial Day giveaway. Courtesy of AMD, we've got a delightful set of prizes for you: a set of the recently announced AMD Radeon Gamer RAM, plus an AMD A10-5800K Trinity APU.

Win an AMD A10 5800K and Radeon Gamer Memory!

AMD's APUs love memory bandwidth, sharing system RAM for use with both CPU and GPU as they do. The faster the memory, the more performance is available from the integrated Radeon GPU cores. Similarly, AMD's Bulldozer architecture design responds well to higher speed memory, and the second revision Piledriver cores in the Trinity design are no exception.

AMD Radeon Gamer Memory

To show the difference AMD's gaming memory delivers, I ran some performance tests using Futuremark 3DMark FireStorm with different AMD Radeon memory speeds. We've got four different settings here for you, starting with Value and running the gamut through to Gamer.

Edition: Value Entertainment Performance Gamer
Speed: DDR3-1333 DDR3-1600 DDR3-1866 DDR3-2133
Timings 9-9-9-24 9-9-9-28 9-10-9-27 10-11-11-30
APU GPU Mem B/W 21.3GB/s 25.8GB/s 29.9GB/s 34.1GB/s

Below you can see the percentile differences of the different memory speeds in the Firestrike benchmark:

DDR-1333 vs DDR3-1600 DDR3-1866 DDR3-2133
FireStrike Score +~10% +~15% +~17%

Increasing memory speed gives you instant more gaming power, before you even think about overclocking the APU.

Below are the per test results broken out:

The competition is open to USA residents only (sorry, shipping charges & customs hassles) and consists of one AMD A10-5800K APU (no heatsink) and one AMD Radeon Gamer Memory package.

Please note the AMD A10-5800K has a maximum supported memory speed of DDR3-1600 for four channels populated, and DDR3-1866MHz with two channels populated. Running AMD Radeon Gamer Edition memory at the AMP profile speed rating is overclocking the APU and hence no warranty is implied or offered by or AMD. You are responsible for providing the other platform components needed to utilize this prize (AMD socket FM2 mainboard with four memory slots, Chassis, PSU, HDD, Keyboard, Mouse, Display, Cables, Operating System, Applications, Games, common sense); if you do not have or cannot procure these items, please do not enter.

To enter the competition, hit the discuss button and post how you would use this APU and memory package. The winning answer will be selected next week after Memorial Day; the competition closes Tuesday, 5/28 00:01 Pacific Time.

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