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

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AMD Athlon X4 880K Review – Godavari

When purchasing a low cost processor, you need to know what your main use of it will be.  Depending on your needs, a low cost processor might not be the best choice; especially if you are wanting to do heavy duty tasks such as video encoding.  Of course, if you’re on a budget, a lower cost processor might be exactly what you are after, as long as you are aware of the limitations, you can make an informed choice.  For around $96 with free shipping, you can begin to build a budget minded quad-core system with the AMD Athlon X4 880K processor.

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K CPU Lid

When taking a look at low cost processors, AMD has two different types.  The APU, which includes a graphics processing unit, and a CPU, which does not.  The AMD Athlon x4 880K is a CPU, not an APU, so you must use a discrete graphics card.  The AMD 880K, is a quad-core processor built on their Steamroller architecture, it features a base clock speed of 4.0GHz, with a built-in turbo speed of 4.2GHz.   As it is one of AMD’s K processors, it is unlocked so it could be overclocked to run faster.

Included with the Athlon x4 880K, is AMD’s latest cooler, the Near Silent 125W cooler.  In early 2016, AMD introduced it’s Wraith cooler, which included a fan shroud with LEDs and a newly designed cooler.  The Near Silent 125W cooler is the same cooler that is included in the Wraith package, without the fancy fan shroud and LEDs. This CPU cooler is very well designed and should allow for some overclocking headroom with the AMD Athlon X4 880K ‘Godavari’ processor as you’ll see later in our review.

AMD Athlon X4 880K Features and Specifications

AMD Athlon x4 880K CPU Specifications
Platform Desktop
Microarchitecture Steamroller
Processor Core Godvari
Total L1 Cache 256KB
Total L2 Cache 4MB
Unlocked Yes
CMOS 28nm
Package FM2+
# of CPU Cores 4
Base Clock Speed 4GHz
Max Turbo Core Speed 4.2 GHz
Max Temps 72.40C
Thermal Solution Included Near Silent 125W
Max Memory Speed 2133MHz
Memory Interface DDR3
Memory Channels 2
AES Support YES
AMD Virtualization Yes
AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K CPU Lid

The top of the processor has the Integrated Heat Spreader, where you find the usual markings that includes the model number, manufacturer date, batch number and production location.

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K Bottom of CPU Pins

Flipping over to the base of the processor, we can see that AMD is using pins to connect the processor to the FM2+ socket.

Let’s take a look at the AMD X4 880K on our test system.

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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.