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

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K CPU Lid

When looking to build a budget system, every penny counts.  If you can afford it, buying a high end processor, graphics card, memory, and motherboard is definitely the way to go.  However, if you are looking at a budget system, the AMD Athlon X4 880K is a great alternative that provides good performance, while saving you some money.  Depending on your specific needs, the type of processor you have might not make as much of a difference as you would expect.

The AMD Athlon X4 880K Godavari CPU can be purchased for around $95 with free shipping, but you need to keep in mind that this is a CPU and not an APU, meaning it does not include any kind of graphics processor.  The  Gigabyte MicroATX GA-F2A88XM-D3HP motherboard that we used to benchmark it on can be purchased for just $59.99 shipped, so the core system here is rather affordable as you are talking under $160 for a processor, heatsink and motherboard. If you wanted to deal with a $10 rebate you can get the board for $49.99 shipped at Newegg. That would put you at $145 for those three system pieces!

In our testing, we compared it to the an Intel low cost processor that we had on hand, the Intel Pentium G440 and an enthusiast grade Intel Core i5-6600K, both of which are Skylake based.  In our testing, the Intel Pentium G4400 dual-core processor ($59.99 shipped) was not able to keep up with the AMD 880K in most tasks and benchmarks. As you would expect, the AMD Athlon X4 880K wasn’t able to keep up with the Intel Core i5-6600K ($219.99 shipped).  Keeping in mind, that a processor costs more than our entire core system that was being tested and is not a typical processor for a low-cost budget system.  Plus you need to keep in mind that AMD includes a nice cooler with the Athlon X4 880K. Intel does not include one with the Intel Core i5-6600K, so you’ll need to factor in at least $25 – $50 for a low-end air cooler or double that for a mainstream water cooler.

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K CPU and Near Silent CPU Cooler Installed

While the AMD 880K is unlocked, and overclocking is supported, we weren’t able to squeeze out a huge overclock score. Doing a very quick overclock by increasing the CPU Clock Ratio, we were able to push it to 4.5GHz (keeping in mind that the auto Turbo speed is 4.2GHz); the 4.5GHz is still between a 7% and 12% overclock.  Of course your experience and other components will greatly impact your overclocking success.  Even with that small overclock, we did see an increase in the performance of up to 5%.

The AMD 880K is using their FM2+ socket which has been around for several years, so motherboards are readily available.  It also uses older DDR3 memory, which is pretty cheap, and you might have some already sitting around from a previous system. If you are wanting a budget system it is hard to go wrong with this platform!

Legit Reviews Value Award

Legit Bottom Line:  If you have a tight budget for a new computer capable of gaming and typical home use the AMD Athlon X4 880K is a great option.  Having a tight budget when building a gaming system, isn’t always fun.  You typically have to cut corners somewhere, however the AMD Athlon X4 880K allows you to save on the CPU allowing you to spend your budget dollars on upgrading other components.


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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? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/efe59787b4e79b75d5755ffd9ac76f00ff2394fc2ec256d51512d5daa04e76df.jpg

    • 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.