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AMD A8-7600 (Kaveri) Review - Memory Scaling in Games

Memory Scaling in Games

Integrated graphics performance is particularly sensitive to changes in memory frequency typically the DDR3 bus becomes throttled in gaming workloads where masses of information is constantly required by the GPU. To test the impact of memory frequency on Kaveri, we replaced our 1,600MHz kit with a 2,133MHz one, running it at both 1,866MHz and 2,133MHz and repeating three of our gaming tests.

Battlefield 4 (Memory Scaling)

1,920 x 1,080, DirectX11, low detail preset

  • AMD A8-7600 (3.3GHz) (DDR3-2133)
  • AMD A8-7600 (3.3GHz) (DDR3-1866)
  • AMD A8-7600 (3.3GHz) (DDR3-1600)
  • Intel Core i3-4330 (3.5GHz)
  • AMD A8-6500T (2.1GHz)
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BioShock Infinite (Memory Scaling)

1,920 x 1,080, DirectX 11, low detail

  • AMD A8-7600 (3.3GHz) (DDR3-2133)
  • AMD A8-7600 (3.3GHz) (DDR3-1866)
  • AMD A8-7600 (3.3GHz) (DDR3-1600)
  • AMD A8-6500T (2.1GHz)
  • Intel Core i3-4330 (3.5GHz)
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  • Minimum
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Memory Scaling)

1,920 x 1,080, High Detail, 0x AA, 8x AF, w/ high res texture packs

  • AMD A8-7600 (3.3GHz) (DDR3-2133)
  • AMD A8-7600 (3.3GHz) (DDR3-1866)
  • AMD A8-7600 (3.3GHz) (DDR3-1600)
  • AMD A8-6500T (2.1GHz)
  • Intel Core i3-4330 (3.5GHz)
    • 27
    • 33
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    • 29
    • 15
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    • 13
    • 17
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35
Frames per second (higher is better)
  • Minimum
  • Average