A month or two ago we took a look at AMDs impressive new Wraith cooler. This new stock heatsink was being bundled with an increasing number of their processors and its thermal performance, mixed with low noise operation meant that consumers need not buy a 3rd party solution. Essentially it was the best mainstream air cooler we have ever seen from AMD or Intel. Mixed in with the launch period for Wraith was the announcement of some new FM2+ processors and today we take a look at two of the latest models in our AMD A10-7890K Review, featuring the Athlon X4 880K.
AMD A10-7890K Review – The Processors
The A10-7890K is a 95w Godavari generation APU (Kaveri Refresh, Steamroller cores) and takes the A10 range to its highest clockspeed yet. It runs at up to 4.3GHz and features four cores in a 28nm process chip. As always with AMDs APUs there is a built in Radeon GPU (8 Core and 512 streaming processors) supporting all the latest tech (including DirectX12, 4k, Freesync etc). This GPU runs at 867MHz on the A10-7890K.
Our second processor today is also based on the FM2+ socket and Godavari/Kaveri Refresh/Steamroller architecture. Like the A10-7890K above this is a CPU which is overlockable, has support for DDR3-2133 and has a 95w TDP. As far as cores go, this is a quad core model also, though it lacks the built in GPU of the APU range. Top speed under stock conditions is 4.2GHz. The 880K is also one of the AMD products which gets their “near silent 125w cooler”. A similar unit to Wraith, without the fancy LED shroud.
AMD A10-7890K Review – Performance
AMD on Asus A88X-Pro (Corsair DDR3-2666)
Intel on Asus B150i (Corsair DDR4-2666)
Discrete Card: AMD 390X
OS/Games/Apps on Samsung 850 Pro SSD
Windows 10 64bit with latest patches/drivers
3DMark with Integrated GPU:
Gaming Integrated GPU:
Gaming Discrete GPU:
AMD A10-7890K Review – Conclusion
AMD are fond of refreshing their APU range which is no bad thing. Enhanced performance is often the result (or better performance at particular price points) however there isn’t often a lot new to talk about. For the most part that is the case here. 7890K is very similar to the previously released 7870K and the 880K is similar to both (same core architecture etc), just without the Radeon GPU. They become more interesting due to the Wraith cooler which is bundled with the APU and the enhanced 125w solution provided with the 880K. Without doubt those coolers are class leading, providing excellent thermal performance and the as advertised near silent operation.
In terms of APU/CPU performance the 7890K and 880K are very close to each other. Both provide all the processing power the average consumer will need for standard content creation and day to day computing tasks. Each is more than capable of powering a mainstream gaming rig when combined with a discrete GPU and of course the A10-7890K is quite a capable gaming device on its own. If you are the sort of gamer who wants to play Minecraft, maybe dip into some eSports titles like DOTA2 at 1080p then this is a very cost effective way to start your build. Media consumption is also a strong point for the two AMD processors with 4k playback, 3D, etc all supported.
Finally, on the overclocking front we were able to hit 4.6GHz on our 880K with the 7890K sample we had reaching 4.5GHz with a GPU overclock peaking at just over 1000Mhz.
Summary: AMD continue to offer a feature packed range of mid-range processors. Well priced, now with further enhanced performance and some very impressive cooling solutions.