AMD Kaveri A8-7600 and A10-7800 APU Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

AMD Kaveri APU Lineup

AMD originally announced the 4th Generation A-Series of APUs in January 2014, but for some reason they didn’t sample many sites with the AMD A10-7850K and the AMD A10-7700K APUs.  We asked for samples, but we were told that they were out of them. We were able to get our hands on the A8-7600 many months ago, but didn’t see a point in reviewing it half a year before they would be available to purchase. We aren’t sure what took AMD half a year to bring the additional Kaveri lineup to market, but they are finally here. Is it six months too late? We’ll let you be the judge of that.

The overall performance of the AMD A10-7800 and A8-7600 APU is decent and the AMD A88X FM2+ platform that we tested on was robust and solid. The AMD A10-7800 and A8-7600 were a but underwhelming on the CPU side of things, but we found the GPU to be very good. AMD suffering on the CPU side and excelling on the GPU side. That story might should familiar to some as that is how most AMD processor reviews have gone for some time. Applications that are able to use OpenCL or HSA feel quick and snappy, but applications accelerated by other means could always use more processor power. Maybe AMD will help close the CPU performance gap with the Excavator microarchitecture that will be used on the 5th Generation A-Series APU called Carizzo that comes out in 2015.

We were very shocked hardly what we would consider a significant difference between the the AMD A10-7800 and A8-7600 in many of the benchmarks. In Handbrake we found the A10-7800 to be 0.3 FPS or 1.8% faster on average in our video transcoding task. That is far from a significant difference and a hard pill to swallow when you consider the price difference. AMD has the the A10-7800 priced at $155, which is $54 or 53% more than the A8-7600 at $101. Between the two processors and what we’ve seen today we’d have to say that the AMD A8-7600 offers more bang for the buck. The AMD A10-7800 would be recommended though if you plan on doing gaming or GPGPU computing as those two extra GPU cores do come in handy at times.

AMD APU Game Bundle

There is a launch promotion that AMD also announced today for the AMD A10 APU series that is worth noting. If you purchase an AMD A10 APU you’ll get the ability to get a free game key for one of three game titles. You have a choice between Thief, Sniper Elite III and Murdered Soul Suspect.

AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU

Legit Bottom Line:  At the end of the day the AMD A-Series of APUs are aimed ad the low-end of the mainstream consumer market and they are decent processors. We aren’t sure what took AMD so long to bring them to market, but they are finally here and ready to power your next build!

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  • Guest

    This comparison doesnt make sense to me . Apu A10 and A8 cost is more comparable to i3 processors , so it would be better to compare those two rather than comparing to i7.

  • steve bobkid

    ughh I am running AMD A8 7600 right now. it is slower than the Pentium 3 in my backup computer

    • Felix

      Suuuuure it is slower :)))

  • humpidumpi

    You are testing it with Metro Last Light. You kidding me right? This platform is created to play older games at medium settings, world of warcraft and world of tanks type of stuff and that for low cost (you don’t need extra graphics card) and low power consumption. Where’s the benchmark? You made a bunch of irrelevant benchmarks that nobody will ever need.

  • Eugen

    Atrocious review!

    For god’s sake, a Kaveri will be used for light to medium gaming and media playback / encoding and office tasks. Why don’t you add some 18 core Xeon Cinebench scores while you’re at it?

    Get a fanless case and investigate the fanless potential of the 45W mode. Test undervolting.

    Get five 2012 games, five 2013 games and five 2014 games and investigate the optimum 720p and 1080p performance under hand-optimized settings.

    Testing Metro 2033 is like trying to see if your duck meows.

  • albert89

    My final thoughts about this Kaveri review is that it was heavily biased in favour of Intel. And was proudly brought to you by Illegitimate reviews !

  • albert89

    Q:So why was the reviewer too afraid to compare the Kaveri against an i5 ?
    A: Because that would show how much better performing the Kaveri was. Besides who cares if the Kaveri is at 28nm when compared to Intel’s 22nm.

  • Anonymous

    The fact AMD sends reviewers engineering sample of A8-7600 means only one thing. It will not be available at retailer until next year.

    AMD did the same paper launch for A8-7600 in early January this year. 7 months later, product still not available for purchase. Even HP prebuilt PC only listed for ordering.

    • Anonymous

      Wrong. The A8-7600 is available right now and ships within 24 hours at Tiger Direct for $109.99. It should be available at Newegg and Amazon sometime next week.

  • guest

    You know this is an Apu right?
    Where is the game benchmarks?

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      You know this is an APU right?
      Who would be interested in Minesweeper and Bejeweled benchmarks?

      • Guest

        Even an intelgpu can run thoose games mate:)
        Was more thinking about games like Battlefield 3 Tomb Raider Bioschock etc
        Thats what this apu is meant for.
        If i wanted to use a graphics card i would i would buy a fx6300 or an intel i5 if it was on offer:)
        Anyway ive found the game benchmarks on another site:)

        • Nathan Kirsch

          I’ll be adding some game benchmarks for you. Testing at both TDP power targets on the processors took a little longer than planned and we had to get the article up on the launch day.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          I have added Metro Last Light benchmark results in on a page for you.

    • ye

      You know this is an APU right?

  • basroil

    Kind of pathetic considering these chips almost lost to intel integrated graphics on bench tests!

    Efficiency improvements are a welcome change though, maybe AMD finally is getting their stuff together and figuring out how to merge high performance and good efficiency like Intel did years ago.

    • Zero

      Actually Intel is dedicating all their efforts to GPU, but now they are consuming more power :/

      On the other hand AMD FAILED hard in the A10 7800 scores and hyped the A8 7600 who is cheaper and graphically better than a Core i3 (but in CPU performance is pretty bad).

      AMD now stands for gaming and Intel for serious business…from Core i5…