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AMD A10-7860K APU Review

AMD A10-7860K APU Review

Kaveri APU on a diet

8.5
Recommended

The Good

  • Very Affordable
  • Power Efficient
  • Decent gaming performance at low settings

The Bad

  • Not meant for extreme gaming
8.0 Design
7.5 Features
8.0 Performance
9.0 Value

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 fab process, 4 Steamroller CPU cores, 8 Radeon GCN GPU cores (512 stream processors), 4MB L2 Cache, and support for DDR3 2133 MHz RAM, x16 PCI Express 3.0, HSA based programming, and huMA (Heterogeneous System Architecture that helps both the CPU and GPU cores to use system memory equally as a unified address).

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 running Windows 10, and a 1080p monitor. The APU came bundled with a 95W, Cooler Master branded, Quiet Thermal Solution Cooler.

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.

Tbreak Staff

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Featuring 4 CPU cores a maximum turbo clock of 4.0 GHz, and Radeon™ R7 graphics, the new A10-7860K processor delivers high performance at a low 65 Watt TDP

Name AMD A10-7860K APU Review
Socket Socket FM2+
CPU Cores 4 Steamroller cores
CPU Core Clock 3.6 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo)
Integrated GPU AMD Radeon R7
Number of GPU Cores 8 GCN Gen2
GPU Speed 757 MHz
Memory Support Up to 2133MHz DDR3 RAM
TDP Class 65W

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