AMD Launches the A10-7890K and Athlon X4 880Kby Ian Cutress on March 1, 2016 9:00 AM EST
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In what seems to be a common theme every month, AMD’s recent APU release schedule has been to introduce one or two models each news cycle. For the most part, the new elements so far this year have been increases in frequency and efficiency, either replacing previous units or expanding the product stack. This is usually due to adjustments in binning the silicon as it gets produced, or minor improvements in the back-end of production that gives efficiency benefits.
So far this year we have seen the A10-7860K and the A6-7470K, both adjustments to the stack, but using some of AMD’s new 65W/95W CPU coolers. We also saw the announcement of the Athlon X4 845 which was interesting as it stands to be the single processor from AMD that is based on Excavator for the FM2+ platform. Today AMD is announcing two new processors which sit on the top of their FM2+ stacks respectively – the A10-7890K is an APU with increased frequencies, while the Athlon X4 880K is similar without the integrated graphics.
|AMD A10 and Athlon X4 Kaveri Lineup|
|Core Freq. (GHz)||4.1-4.3||3.9-4.1||3.6-4.0||4.0-4.2||3.7-4.0||3.5-3.8|
|IGP Freq. (MHz)||866||866||754||N/A||N/A||N/A|
The A10-7890K will use a 4.1 GHz base frequency, moving up to 4.3 GHz on turbo, with 8 graphics compute units (512 streaming processors total) at 866 MHz. This is all within the 95W thermal envelope, and the A10-7890K will be the second processor from AMD bundled with their new Wraith cooler, rated at 125W with a shroud and LEDs. The Athlon X4 880K will have similar specifications at 100 MHz less, but without the integrated graphics. It is also rated at 95W, but instead gets AMD’s new 125W ‘near-silent’ thermal solution, which is essentially the Wraith cooler without the shroud (which apparently adds a couple dB due to vibration).
Both the X4 880K and the now second highest APU, the A10-7870K, will get this new 125W ‘near-silent’ thermal solution. The other A10 and X4-800 series members will get the new 95W thermal solution, which is a modified version of the high end cooler we normally associate with AMD. AMD has stated that parts that get the new coolers will not be sold for more than their current suggested retail pricing, except the FX-8370 previously announced.
These parts are being made available to the channel and distributors today, although it may take up to a month to hit the shelves for end-users to purchase (there’s no specific date set). Pricing for all the new parts are listed as follows:
- AMD FX™ 8370 Wraith - $199.99 USD
- AMD FX™ 8370 - $189.99 USD
- AMD A10-7890K – $164.99 USD
- AMD A10-7870K – $139.99 USD
- AMD A10-7860K - $117.99 USD
- AMD A8-7670K - $105.99 USD
- AMD A8-7650K - $95.99 USD
- AMD Athlon™ X4 880K – $94.99 USD
- AMD Athlon™ X4 870K - $89.99 USD
- AMD Athlon™ X4 860K - $79.99 USD
- AMD Athlon™ X4 845 - $69.99 USD
We have samples inbound, and I have plans to revisit our APU data to update the parts with our most up-to-date benchmark suite. Keep an eye out for that in the next couple of months.
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kiinghiipo - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkIn the above scenario, I think one should look at the Excavator-based Athlon x4 845 at $70 and a 750ti or R7 360 for a $100, as opposed to the 880k.
Benchmarks for the 845 are nigh impossible to dig up, but the AMD subreddit had an optimistic view of it.
I mean, even taking the above with a bucket full of salt, the 845 and a 750ti strikes me as a more compelling option than a $170 APU.
The note that AMD is timing aggressively binned releases as media fodder looks spot on. Keep review sites talking about you, keep consumers talking about you. Saturate your market with "new" chips and gather all the promotion you can while shoveling your pre-clearance merch onto retail space.
I still think my personal path would be to wait and get in on the AM4 ground floor with Bristol Ridge (or the Athlon successor?) and upgrade through Zen, if for nothing else than the upgraded chipset.
KateH - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkI know I'm not the first to say this, but major bummer that the new Athlon part isn't Carrizo. Early reviews of the 845 seem very positive, but low-ish clocks and lack of unlocked multi make it a dubious value for power-users on a budget. 4Ghz -K Carrizo would be exciting but yet another Kaveri part... isn't. Especially priced the same as the A10-7700K and FX-8320E.
SeanJ76 - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - link@AMD....more slow a$$ garbage processors. You're pretty much a dumbass if you use AMD cpus in 2016....
bassbeast - Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - linkRiiight, care to show me the $140 Intel CPU that can compete with the FX-8320E I paid $138 for? Care to show us ANY Intel CPU that can compete on both CPU and GPU performance with the AMD APUs at their current prices? Care to show us an Intel chip that competes with the Athlon quads in the under $100 segment?
Because I'll be more than happy to take the Pepsi challenge and compare the AMD system I built for $550 to anything you can put together from Intel at the same price point as I have ZERO doubt I'll curbstomp it, why? Because thanks to the savings by going with AMD I was able to at that price to 1.- Buy an octocore, 2.- Get 16Gb of RAM, 3.- An R9 280 3Gb for graphics, 4.- A nice gamer board that supports triple CF and 32Gb of RAM, along with 5.- A 120GB SSD for boot AND a 3TB HDD for storage.
So lets see what you'll get for the same money and we can all have a good laugh. The last one that tried? Tried to claim his i3 granny chip and 750ti would be competitive, only to lose so badly in the benches it was like the Broncos facing off against a junior high football team.
Agnes Philomena - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - linkOK, but what's the point if the thermal flux horizon index doesn't meet iGpig specs?
marcelospera - Thursday, March 3, 2016 - linkI believe the correct TDP of A10-7860K is 95W, right?
SeanJ76 - Thursday, March 3, 2016 - linkSkylakes fastest cpu uses 91watts, the 6700k annihilates all AMD processors....
The Zen is going to be the biggest flop since Bulldozer!
Oxford Guy - Friday, March 11, 2016 - linkThe 5775C beats the 6700K in most games. Oops.
KateH - Friday, March 4, 2016 - linkNope, 7860K is a lower-power part. It includes the "95W class" cooler- but the chip is tuned for a 65W TDP.
Agnes Philomena - Thursday, March 3, 2016 - linkGigMonkey out of Aukland tried this, but the Chi-Comms got pissed about bamdwidth compromises and bailed on the contract.
Stacking GIN caches don't mesh.