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AMD A10-7800 APU Review

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On the software front we get the main application from ASRock is F-Stream which allows us to monitor and tweak our system in Windows. ASRock APP shop keeps our system up to date and as mentioned earlier we also get X-Stream for free. Finally, ASRock have now added ASRock Cloud (powered by Orbweb ME) which offers file sharing, media streaming and remote desktop functionality.

Conclusion

Performance

Starting with the ASRock board we have a product which greatly impressed us. We have been using it on APUs for a while now for various projects with the features and stability never letting us down. It works as well with the APU’s GPU portion as it does a higher end R9 graphics card and with the new A10-7800 CPU we just dropped it in and it was good to go. Memory compatibility was also good, from random sticks we picked up during that time to the AMD R9 Gaming Series modules we used in this article.

ASRock do get bogged down a little in adding software which we feel is a bit OTT… such as the new cloud service or the Fatal1ty port and Macro functionality. There are better cloud solutions out there and any decent mouse/keyboard has its own tweaking software too. That said the X-Split addition is good, the Killer NIC software is always appreciated and the enhanced audio adds to a well-rounded hardware package.

Looking to the CPU and performance we had a pairing which competed ok with the i5/Z97 combo which AMD are targeting in more areas than past generations. Yes there are still areas where Intel do better including on the PCIe SSD peak speed, mem bandwith etc on Z97 or music conversion and Cinebench being two CPU specific examples but there are areas where AMD are moving ahead thanks to software optimisation. Photoshop CC with OpenCL being one ideal example. The new A10-7800 is priced reasonably close to some i3 CPUs though so that too needs taken into account and of course then there is the GPU which is significantly stronger on the AMD chip. So if you plan to game, it really does mean leaning towards the AMD part as the purchase.

That brings us to value where the ASRock board is £74/$95 and the APU has an RRP of around $150. The mix of features and performance from that combination offers excellent value for money, very hard to fault… and did we mention that the A10 APUs now come with a copy of Thief, Murdered Soul Suspect or Sniper Elite 3 for free? Nice.

Value Award

AMD A10-7800 APU

Gold Award

ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer

 

Price: APU RRP $150-155

Price: ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer Watercoolinguk.co.uk £74

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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.