AMD seems more focused on refining their existing performance based processors for lower power requirements. Their recently announced AMD A10-7860K is meant to replace the older models on the market (A10-7850K and A10-7770K), while reaching computing speeds up to 4GHz with a TDP of just 65W.
On the contrary, the previously reviewed A10-7870K flagship APU has a TDP requirement of 95W. Both the A10-7870K and the A10-7860K APU’s shares similar specifications, such as the 28nm
On paper, the A10-7870K operates at 3.9GHz speed (4.1GHz Turbo), while the A10-7860K is a tad bit slower at 3.6GHz base (4.0GHz Turbo). The integrated graphics performances between the two APU’s isn’t that far from each other either. The GPU frequency on the A10-7860K is clocked at 757 MHz, almost 109 MHz behind the 866MHz GPU present in the A10-7870K.
That said, what’s impressive is that the A10-7860K only requires 65W TDP, while being almost as fast as the A10-7870K. To put the chip to the test, we used the ASUS A68HM-Plus motherboard given to us by AMD, along with 2x 4GB GSkill RipJaw Z DDR3 RAM, a Kingston 240GB SSD
We used the PC Mark 8 Creative, 3D Mark FireStrike, Geekbench, and Cinebench benchmark tests. Games include Tomb Raider 2013, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordar, Batman: Arkham Knight, BioShock Infinite, Star Wars: Battlefront, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and DOTA 2. Since the APU doesn’t exactly hold a high-end GPU, the games are set at low settings, and benchmarked in both 720p and 1080p resolutions.
Predictably, the AMD A10-7860K work betters in 720p resolutions, but struggles in Full HD, even when the settings are tuned to the lowest. Only older games such as DOTA 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive run better at both resolutions. Now let's compare the game performances of the A10-7860K with the previous A10-7870K APU.
So, is the new A10-7860K worth the purchase? That depends. While the APU doesn’t really deliver any performance improvement over previous models, it does mark the beginning of low-power/performance APU’s that can lead to better design releases in the near future.
The A10-7860K APU is about AED 60 cheaper than the current A10-7870K price tag.