AMD Athlon X4 880K Processor Review & Overclocking to 4.5 GHz

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Noise, Temperature and Power Ratings

We will use a P3 Kill-A-Watt power meter to monitor the power usage throughout all phases of testing.  While testing, we will make note of the highest and lower power usage, the highest and lowest power usage is listed below.

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K Power Consumption

While the AMD Athlon x4 880K test system was idle, it was pulling 41W of power, which was slightly less than the other two processors included in this test.  However, once the system ramped up to a full load, the 880K began to devour power, increasing by 213W of power, reaching a maximum power draw of 254W!

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K CPU Temperatures

Stock coolers are notorious for providing poor cooling, over the past couple of years, both AMD and Intel has been working to improve their coolers, or opting to not include a cooler when they know enthusiasts will use alternative methods.  The new AMD Near Silent 125W cooler, did a pretty good job at cooling the 880K processor.  At idle, it was sitting at a cool 27.25C, during testing, it reached a maximum of 47.75C.  This is much less than the rated maximum temperature of 72.4C.  Once we overclocked the processor, the Near Silent 125W cooler helped to keep it below the 72.4C but it was close, topping out at 70.8C.

Noise Testing

To test the noise level, an Extech sound level meter with a +/- 1.5dB accuracy was used.   We will first take an ambient noise reading, and then place the sound meter 6 inches from the Near Silent 125W fan.  Without doing any fan adjustments, we will monitor the noise level, to see how “Near Silent” the fan is.

The ambient sound level was registering at 35.5dB, once the system was turned on, we did not register any increase in the ambient noise level.  As we put the system under a heavy load, we could hear when the fan started to speed up.  During testing, the loudest the fan got to was 42.25dB.   We have seem after market cooling solutions that are much louder, and some that are a bit quieter.  If the system was built into a case, with a side panel on, I think for most people, it would be difficult to hear this fan.  For an OEM heat sink and fan solution, this is an impressive option.


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  • William Gozali

    I run an 880k with stock fan (Non Overclocked) and my idle temp I got range between 50 to 60 celcius. and when I load game such as Ark Survival Evolved, the temp would rise to 75 – 80 celcius and constantly stays there. After a while, the game would quit back to desktop. Anyone know why I am getting such high reading for my temperature?

    • andrewi

      Airflow. Almost certainly airflow. If your CPU overheats mid game and over 20mins has passed, this means your case is gradually warming up to the point that the air going through the coolers themselves is warm and thus not great at taking away heat. You need to look at your case, wiring and case fans etc etc and get some cool air moving in.

    • jrglol

      i have an 880k i ran it at 4.5 ghz with no problems, but i think the temp readings are inaccurate because i use biostar a88mq mobo which has a temp monitor, i played gta v for about 2 hours then i forced restart the sys, go into the bios and it was reading around 47 celcius. i put my hand aroung the exhuast fan and it warm NOT HOT.

  • Bob

    what was your voltage

  • Max nordin

    I have an 880k clocked at 4,5 and i am never getting over 40 fps and average is below 30fps in GTA v at any resuloution. This is paired with a MSI 960 4gb which would not bottle neck this CPU at all! Is something wrong? I have 8 gig dddr3 ram, stock cooler (running very cool) and a 450w PSU. And yes my GPU is not disabled!

    • andrewi

      Something is very wrong, but it’s not necessarily the CPU. Maybe drivers. I can get 30fps on a 560ti with this chip, and that’s definitely a GPU bottleneck. Look at a bigger PSU as you may be limited there. Remember that 450w is how much it takes from the wall, not how much it gives to your parts so when you buy a $20 450W unit, it can be up to 50% efficient, giving only 200W to your computer and giving you what looks like major gremlins.

  • >savt

    question; why not include an i3 in the comparison for this review?

    • Steven Kean

      I didn’t have one on hand to test 🙁 Wish I could get all the processors needed to cover all the bases. I am looking forward to Intel’s Kaby Lake i3 Overclocking processor though…hope to have one.

      • andrewi

        Guess you need to do a Ryzen 3 one instead with all the news.