AMD A10-7850K (Kaveri) APU Review featuring GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X
by Stuart Davidson - 14th January 2014
AMD Kaveri ( A10-7850K) Review featuring Gigabyte A88X Sniper
When AMD started their move away from discrete CPU and GPU technology, towards an architecture which combined both it was clear that getting to where they wanted to be was going to be a series of evolutions on the concept. Since those early, low powered, solutions we have seen a few generations now and looking back at the last generation as an example, Richland, it was essentially a revision of the previous APU. Today AMD release their new generation of APUs, code named Kaveri, and this time round we get a significant advance in APU technology rather than a revision.
Our sample of the A10-7850K, AMDs new high end APU, arrived without any packaging hoeever you can expect something similar to the above on retail models... maybe with a change in colour scheme. It is a compact box and inside we get a basic air cooler, product documentation, case sticker and the APU.
For the external design of the new Kaveri APUs AMD stick with the exact same design as they have used for a while now, using a large metal heatspreader on top with their branding. On the base we get the Socket FM2+ layout and as we have come to expect from AMD these new models are compatible with many existing boards. Just flash to the latest BIOS, drop the APU in and go... it is that simple to upgrade from an older model (motherboard manufacturer permitting).
So what is Kaveri? Well here are the key points...
HSA- hQ/HUMA: AMD are keen to state that the Kaveri APUs are all about Compute Cores. In the case of the A10-7850K that means 12 Compute Cores (4CPU plus 8GPU). The reason for going with this combined total (which gives the 95w TDP chip 856GFLOPS potential) is that these cores all share the system memory (that's up to 32GB available to the GPU cores!) and the cores can all interact equally, being assigned appropriate tasks by applications and switching as and when needed.
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