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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nathanddrews - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkAMD, you're killin' me, smalls. Where's my desktop Carrizo with GPU? :(
hojnikb - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkYou'll have to wait for AM4 to have that. FM2+ just can't support carrizo's iGPU, thats why we only see athlons based on carrizo.
extide - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkNah, I highly doubt there is a technical limitation, it's more of a budget and workforce issue, they can only work on so many designs/projects at once and decided to push off Carrizo on the desktop until AM4.
hojnikb - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkThere already is desktop carrizo, it just doesn't have iGPU enabled. And thats for a good reason, because carrizo has a separate powerplane for iGPU, while fm2+ does not.
T1beriu - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - linkNah, he's right.
nandnandnand - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkIf it's not Zen, don't waste your money on it.
nathanddrews - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkBy Zen it will be too late.
misuspita - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - linkuuuuu... I see what you did there!
TinoArg - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkIt's the same info it leaked before, just more complete. I was expecting AM4 and Bristol Ridge announcement, or at least some reviews of the new parts...
The 7890K seems to expensive ($164.99), the difference with the 7870K is too big, even with the Wraith cooler (the 8370 Wraith edition only cost 10USD more), and we don't even know the base CPU and GPU frequencies. 900-960MHz would be nice for the GPU, but probably is 866MHz also, because it says 1TFlops combined, and that is what it needs with the CPU at 4.3GHz.
The most interesting parts are:
7860K ($117.99), a full enabled Kaveri (Godavari actually) with high frequencies, unlocked, the 125W cooler and a 65W TDP, seems the best option for both OC or silent/fresh USFF PCs. Lest hope the 65W TDP doesn't limit the APU by throttling to much (Kaveri at 4GHz needs 125W in order to not throttling the GPU while fully using the CPU).
880K ($94.99), best budget option for discrete GPUs, it should do 4.5~4.7GHz, and now with the stock cooler maybe is enough, not need for an aftermarket cooler.
845 ($69.99), the Carrizo based one with four Excavator cores. It's a locked part pitifully, so more than 4GHz with a light blck OC is not guaranted. But is a great option for SFF PCs at stock setings with a 370, 960, or similar cards..
Flunk - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkAny more than $100 for one of those APUs is too much. Intel's I3-6100 is $130 and all of the A-series APUs are significantly less powerful in CPU tasks. Now that Intel's iGPU is competitive price is really the only thing AMD can compete on.