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AMD A-Series A10-7870K Kaveri Refresh APU Review

By: Steven Bassiri | AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 3:02 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: AMD

The AMD A10-7870K

 

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AMD's boxed APUs com with a boxed cooler, warranty information, sticker, and the APU.

 

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The boxed cooler is actually a very good value considering the final price of the product. It can support some minor CPU overclocking. While AMD's competitors provide an all-aluminum cooler, AMD went with a copper base and four heat pipes. I used the stock cooler for the stock testing, but at 4.7GHz, I decided to use an AIO water cooling unit.

 

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This is the top and bottom shots of the APU.

 

 

Test Systems

 

I decided to include three other CPUs in testing. The Intel Pentium G3258 is a pretty low-cost Intel CPU which is a very popular value CPU, the Intel 4770K is a considerably expensive CPU compared to the A10-7870K at more than double its price, but it has a similar number of cores and graphics, and then I included the Intel 5775C only for integrated/discrete graphics tests in Windows 10, as the 7870K and 5775C both are the top integrated graphics from both AMD and Intel, I thought it would be interesting to see how their gaming performance compares in Windows 10.

 

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I used the ASUS A88X-Pro and I used 16GB of DDR3 memory from G.Skill.

 

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I also used a Sapphire R9 285 for discrete GPU tests and an ASUS MG279Q, a 144Hz 1440P IPS gaming monitor which supports AMD's FreeSync technology. I made a video of the technology which will be shown later in the review.

 

For the benchmarks, I decided that out of the box performance was just as important as clock for clock performance. I decided to test all the CPUs at stock, but I also gave the A10-7870K a 4.7GHz CPU overclock and a 2400MHz memory overclock, as these two were very easy to attain on the APU. I will cover how I overclocked the APU later on in the review.

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