AMD Launches the A10-7890K and Athlon X4 880Kby Ian Cutress on March 1, 2016 9:00 AM EST
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In what seems to be a common theme every month, AMD’s recent APU release schedule has been to introduce one or two models each news cycle. For the most part, the new elements so far this year have been increases in frequency and efficiency, either replacing previous units or expanding the product stack. This is usually due to adjustments in binning the silicon as it gets produced, or minor improvements in the back-end of production that gives efficiency benefits.
So far this year we have seen the A10-7860K and the A6-7470K, both adjustments to the stack, but using some of AMD’s new 65W/95W CPU coolers. We also saw the announcement of the Athlon X4 845 which was interesting as it stands to be the single processor from AMD that is based on Excavator for the FM2+ platform. Today AMD is announcing two new processors which sit on the top of their FM2+ stacks respectively – the A10-7890K is an APU with increased frequencies, while the Athlon X4 880K is similar without the integrated graphics.
|AMD A10 and Athlon X4 Kaveri Lineup|
|Core Freq. (GHz)||4.1-4.3||3.9-4.1||3.6-4.0||4.0-4.2||3.7-4.0||3.5-3.8|
|IGP Freq. (MHz)||866||866||754||N/A||N/A||N/A|
The A10-7890K will use a 4.1 GHz base frequency, moving up to 4.3 GHz on turbo, with 8 graphics compute units (512 streaming processors total) at 866 MHz. This is all within the 95W thermal envelope, and the A10-7890K will be the second processor from AMD bundled with their new Wraith cooler, rated at 125W with a shroud and LEDs. The Athlon X4 880K will have similar specifications at 100 MHz less, but without the integrated graphics. It is also rated at 95W, but instead gets AMD’s new 125W ‘near-silent’ thermal solution, which is essentially the Wraith cooler without the shroud (which apparently adds a couple dB due to vibration).
Both the X4 880K and the now second highest APU, the A10-7870K, will get this new 125W ‘near-silent’ thermal solution. The other A10 and X4-800 series members will get the new 95W thermal solution, which is a modified version of the high end cooler we normally associate with AMD. AMD has stated that parts that get the new coolers will not be sold for more than their current suggested retail pricing, except the FX-8370 previously announced.
These parts are being made available to the channel and distributors today, although it may take up to a month to hit the shelves for end-users to purchase (there’s no specific date set). Pricing for all the new parts are listed as follows:
- AMD FX™ 8370 Wraith - $199.99 USD
- AMD FX™ 8370 - $189.99 USD
- AMD A10-7890K – $164.99 USD
- AMD A10-7870K – $139.99 USD
- AMD A10-7860K - $117.99 USD
- AMD A8-7670K - $105.99 USD
- AMD A8-7650K - $95.99 USD
- AMD Athlon™ X4 880K – $94.99 USD
- AMD Athlon™ X4 870K - $89.99 USD
- AMD Athlon™ X4 860K - $79.99 USD
- AMD Athlon™ X4 845 - $69.99 USD
We have samples inbound, and I have plans to revisit our APU data to update the parts with our most up-to-date benchmark suite. Keep an eye out for that in the next couple of months.
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milli - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkWhere's the Athlon X4 845 review?
TallestJon96 - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkThese APUs are so lackluster right now, but given a few years, i really see potential for a good apu to provide console level graphics at a reasonable price. A zen + polaris + DDR4 apu would be so great...
cynic783 - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkCheckmate Intel. AMD A10-7890K at 4.3 GHZ and 12 cores literally blows Intel out of the water. And that's just CPU performance. Look at GPU performance and nobody will run Intel anymore.
hojnikb - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkyou forgot /sarcasm at the end :)
The sad reality is, that intels iGPUs are very strong (especially with skylake). Even HD530 can kinda compete with midrange apus. Bring HD550 with edram in the mix and it blows any amd apu easily.
dsraa - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkYou forgot that AMD chips are almost half the price. Look at the price differences on Newegg.
AMD A10-7850 3.7G 95w- $119
Intel i5 Skylake 6600 3.2G 91w - $254
Even the i3 Skylake 3.9G 65w - $169 which is what you claim competes with it is still more expensive by quite a margin, and the i3 is only a dual core.
stardude82 - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkA10 are 2 "module" and Kaveri still has awful latency issues.
Sorry, as a CPU the A10 can barely keep up with last gen i5.
stardude82 - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkCorrection, last gen i3.
yankeeDDL - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkAs a CPU, it is very well known that the *dozer derivatives don't stand the chance against Intel: that's why AMD usually offers 4 cores at the price of 2 ...
The iGPU however is a different story and it is still much in favor of AMD, even VS SKylake.
AMD has a price/perf ratio which is noticeably better than Intel, as they have to sell cheap, due to poor CPU performance and relatively high power consumption, but unless you have extremely demanding tasks on the CPU which are not multi-threaded, AMD is already a decent option, in my opinion.
I own A10 CPU (mobile though) and I am extremely satisfied. I use Core i5 for the office, but when you throw at it something that keeps the GPU busy, it chokes easily. The A10 is still way faster than you will ever need for everyday tasks, but add an iGPU which can get you through most games at decent settings, on a reasonable budget. Your mileage may vary, but I always recommend it for home-users who may occasionally game.
crosenfi69 - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - linkIt's a shame that so many laptop manufacturers are building Carrizo laptops that only support single-channel memory, which cuts the performance of the iGPU in half. It's a total bummer to get an AMD system with a great APU, for a great price, and not get the gaming performance that it could/should provide. Are these manufactures being paid by Intel to cripple AMD APU-powered laptops?
cynic783 - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - link"Are these manufactures being paid by Intel to cripple AMD APU-powered laptops?"
Yes. This is the only explanation I can think of.