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
Modules 2 2 2 2 2 2
Threads 4 4 4 4 4 4
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
Compute Units 4+8 4+8 4+8 4+0 4+0 4+0
512 512 512 N/A N/A N/A
IGP Freq. (MHz) 866 866 754 N/A N/A N/A
TDP 95W 95W 65W 95W 95W 65W
Cooler Wraith 125W
2133 2133 2133 2133 1866 2133
L2 Cache 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x1MB

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.

Source: AMD

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  • camelNotation - Friday, March 4, 2016 - link

    Hi Ian, the table above says the A10-7860k (65W) has a 125W cooler, but it was revealed in a previous article that the 7860K used a 95W cooler.
  • BMNify - Sunday, March 13, 2016 - link

    This is great that we have a single chip running at 1.02 TFlops. Which I can see as 1TFlop effective, especially if it was paired with some fast memory.

    It would likely run at its best crossfired with a R7 250 to maximize performance.

    If we compare that to the current consoles, this chip is not very far behind, especially so if fast memory and an R7 250 are added into the system. It becomes an even more interesting comparison if this chip were running overclocked at 5Ghz with a GPU clock of 1000Mhz along with fast 2133+ RAM and with a crossfired R7 250 also at 1000Mhz.

    I hope AnandTech puts this new chip through its paces, including running it overclocked and crossfired with some fast memory
  • ES_Revenge - Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - link

    These CPUs are such a waste of time/effort. The Godavari CPUs were a bunch of nonsense and these are even more nonsense. The 7870K offered little over the 7850K but at a higher price. Now it has a new cooler, big whoop. The 7890K offers pretty much nothing the 7870K didn't offer either, but now at an even higher price! Seriously $165 USD for something that's not really better than the years old 7850K other than the cooler and a few hundred Mhz? And they're all OCable so I don't see how that's a big deal either since AMD CPUs don't really OC that well to begin with given they already push their TDP. AMD could have given the GPU a boost with more SPs at least, but nope it's pretty much just rehash the same thing, throw in a better cooler, and call it $165. Ugh. Howabout just eliminate the 7850K and 7870K and just replace with the 7890K at the same know like Intel does. I mean Haswell Refresh (as an example) was pretty much the same--100Mhz or so boost on models across the board but at least there Intel discontinued the old ones and put in the new ones at the same price point.

    Of course I guess AMD can't improve the iGPU because these processors struggle to stay within TDP, at we all know. There's simply no way for them to actually improve on the 7850K in this architecture and wattage, but there sure seems to be ways to *market* "improvements". Still, they could have gone to 125W TDP and increased the iGPU performance.

    Anyone buying FM2 should just stick to a $115 7850K and OC. It's $50 cheaper and that money should buy a cooler that's better than Wraith anyway, plus leave you with money left over. But funny, even the 7850K is not even worth buying anymore with all the other options out there now (including somoe mobos that can OC Skylake i3s). AMD should just forget about this foolishness altogether, release Zen and uh..."Bulldoze" this crap into a hole once and for all.

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