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AMD A10-7860K Review: AMD's Most Power Efficient APU

Author: HP   Date:  Manufacture: AMD   Product Name: A10-7860K   Price: $109.99   Warranty: 3 Years

Introduction

AMD A10-7860K APU

Back in February AMD announced the A10-7860K APU that aims to replace the A10-7850K. The A10-7860K is an interesting processor because it has a low 65W TDP, full A10 four steamroller cores and 8 GCN Cores with 512 stream processors and the 65W TDP makes it the most power efficient AMD desktop APU released. The base frequency of the A10-7860K is 3.6Ghz and boosts up to 4.0Ghz and its got an integrated Radeon R7 GPU clocked at 757Mhz. The A10-7860K comes bundled with the new Near-Silent Thermal Solution that's designed to handle TDPs of up to 95 watts. The K suffix means the processor is unlocked on both the CPU and graphics so you can squeeze a bit more performance if you decide to overclock it.

I have already reviewed the A10-7890K and A10-7870K found them perfect for entry level gaming, office and HTPC solution in terms of performance, temperatures, and power requirements. You can find the A10-7860K for $110 and the A10-7890K/7870K for around $150/$140 on Amazon. Similarly like the A10-7890K and A10-7870K, the A10-7860K is designed for budget users who plan to use it alone without a discrete video card. You don't need a discrete video card to play entry level games such as DOTA 2, CS:GO and World of Warcraft so you can save a lot of money by not buying a discrete graphics. Intel has a stronger CPU component but a weaker GPU so graphics is AMD's big advantage against Intel.

AMD A10-7860K R7 GPU

The new near-silent cooler is not as large as, nor quite as quiet as the AMD Wraith Cooler that's bundled with the flagship FX-8370/50 and A10-7890K. You can read my review of the AMD 95W Thermal Solution if you want to get an idea of the cooling and noise performance between this cooler and the Wraith Cooler.

Comparison

AMD APU Processors Lineup
Model:AMD A10-7890KAMD A10-7870KAMD A10-7860KAMD
A8-7670K
AMD
A8-7650K
Graphics:Radeon R7 SeriesRadeon R7 SeriesRadeon R7 SeriesRadeon R7 SeriesRadeon R7 Series
GPU Clock Speed:866 MHz866 MHz757 MHz757 MHz720 MHz
CPU Codename:GodavariKaveriGodavariKaveriKaveri
Cores / Threads:4/44/44/44/44/4
Core Clock:4.1 GHz3.9 GHz3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.3 GHz
Boost Clock:4.3 Ghz4.1 GHz4.0 Ghz3.9 GHz3.8 GHz
L2 Cache:4MB4MB4MB4MB4MB
L3 Cache:N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
TDP:95W95W65W95W95W
Socket Support:FM2+FM2+FM2+FM2+FM2+

The A10-7860K utilizes the FM2+ socket and features the latest PCI-E 3.0 technology and allows a maximum of 2 x 8x PCI-E 3.0 connections. A decent FM2+ board normally retails for around $75 and while it is nearing the end of its life, it still offers a lot of value to consumers. Not everyone can afford the top of the line hardware so the FM2+ platform is great for budget builds and there's a lot to like about the performance you get with them.

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