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AMD A10-7890K Review: Fantastic Performance For Entry Level Gaming

Author: HP   Date:  Manufacture: AMD   Product Name: A10-7890K   Price: $149.99   Warranty: 3 Years

Introduction

AMD A10-7890K APU

A few months ago AMD launched several new processor bundled with the company’s new range of silent stock air coolers. The processors included the A10-7890K and A10-7870K Kaveri APUs and the Athlon X4 880K CPU on the FM2+ socket. AMD launched the A10-7870K last year but now it comes bundled with a new stock CPU cooler. The new stock cooler is being called the Near-Silent 125W thermal solution. The main difference between the Wraith and the Near-Silent cooler is that the Wraith shroud illuminates.

In this review, we will focus on the A10-7890K which is an unlocked quad-core Kaveri APU with 512 stream processors, 4MB of L2 cache and a 95W thermal design power. The A10-7890K is aimed at budget users who play a lot of entry level games and don't really need discrete graphics. The base frequency of the A10-7890K is 4.1Ghz and boosts up to 4.3Ghz which makes it AMD's fastest APU to date. Also, AMD is bundling the A10-7890K APU with the Wraith cooler which is designed to handle TDPs of up to 125 watts

AMD A10-7890K R7 GPU

The A10-7890K is basically an A10-7870K but with a higher CPU frequency and the graphics performance is still the same. The A10-7870K sells for about $140 while the A10-7890K sells for $150 on Amazon. Since these two chips are 99.9% identical, you are basically paying $10 more for a 200 Mhz increase in CPU frequency. AMD's A10-7890K APU has four Steamroller CPU cores, eight GCN computer units, and support DDR3-2133 memory.

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+

AMD wants to sell the A10-7890K APU to gamers who are on a budget and can save money by relying on the iGPU instead of buying a discreet GPU. With that being said, the FM2+ socket is nearing the end of its life and the A10-7890K is most likely the last processor for this socket.

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