AMD Kaveri A8-7600 and A10-7800 APU Review

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Test Systems

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. We completely overhauled our test setup for the Intel Core i7-4790K processor launch, so we are starting over from scratch when it comes to testing everything. For this review will be comparing an Intel Z97 platform and AMD A88X platform. These platforms are aimed at mainstream users and all feature integrated graphics, so it will be interesting to see how the systems compare.

Intel Z97 Test System

The Intel Z97 platform that we used to test the Intel 1150 processors was running the ASUS Z97-A motherboard with BIOS 1204 that came out on 6/20/2014. The Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB 2133MHz memory kit was set to XMP 1.3 memory profile settings, which is 1.65v with 9-11-11-31 2T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD uses 19nm NAND and was using M311 firmware.

Pentium G3258 Test System

Here is a quick look at the CPU-Z information for our main test system that we’ll be doing the testing on.

Intel LGA1150 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Pentium G3258

Motherboard

ASUS Z97-A Click Here

Memory

8GB Dominator 2133MHz Click Here

Video Card

N/A Click Here

Hard Drive

Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD Click Here

Cooling

Corsair H105 Click Here

Keyboard

Corsair K95 Click Here

Mouse

Corsair M95 Click Here

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i Click Here

Operating System

Windows 8.1 64-Bit Click Here

The AMD A88X platform that we used to test the AMD FM2+ processors was running the ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ motherboard with BIOS version L2.25 that was released on 04/16/2014. The latest AMD Catalyst drivers were used which were 14.7 Beta. The Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB 2133MHz memory kit was set to XMP 1.3 memory profile settings, which is 1.65v with 10-11-11-30 2T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD uses 19nm NAND and was using M311 firmware.

amd-fm2-platform

Here is a quick look at the AMD test system CPU-Z screenshots:

test-system
And finally the components and pricing:

Intel LGA1150 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

AMD A10-7800

Motherboard

ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ Click Here

Memory

8GB Dominator 2133MHz Click Here

Video Card

N/A Click Here

Hard Drive

Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD Click Here

Cooling

Noctua NH-L9a Click Here

Keyboard

Corsair K95 Click Here

Mouse

Corsair M95 Click Here

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i Click Here

Operating System

Windows 8.1 64-Bit Click Here

Let’s move along to testing!

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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

        Heh
        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…