TechSpot: AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU Review

Although AMD promised many new APUs when unveiling its Kaveri architecture in January, the lineup has been limited to the $160 A10-7700K and $170 A10-7850K with no retail appearance by the A8-7600 we tested seven months ago -- or any other budget Kaveri chips for that matter.

It's a little confusing to see the company pitching an updated version of a product range that was never properly launched but on the bright side, AMD's Kaveri update seems a little more substantial than Intel's recent Haswell refresh, if only for the fact that the A8-7600 is finally set to appear at retail.

Along with the A8-7600 due to arrive for $100, AMD is also shipping the $77 A6-7400K and $155 A10-7800, the latter of which being noteworthy because it has 45/65W TDP modes like the A8-7600 except it gets a full-blown R7 GPU featuring 8 CUs with 512 SPUs and 32 TAUs like the unlocked A10-7850K.

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I built 2 systems from old systems. 2 older cases that had 600+ PSU and older CPU (Nforce borads) that had stopped working. I will now build you 2 incredible systems.
Old Antec Cases
PSU - any 600Watt PSU will do

Only need to buy below and re-use your old items as I did.

Asus A88X-PRO = 125.00
AMD A10-7850 = 170.00
32 Gig RAM - your choice = 350.00
256 Gig SSD - your choice = 120.00
Total = 765.00

This maxes these systems out and you can easily overclock from 3.7 GHZ to 4.1 or higher GHZ. Less than 800 you can have a great system.


Their laptop APUs use different names, this is about the desktop versions.

In the laptop line, the A10-7400P is the highest model number in the "normal" series, and there's the FX-7600P, their "top-end" APU, which is similar to A10-7800/7850K from the desktop series feature-wise.

Edited by dimz, Aug 1 2014, 5:16am :

(scratches my head) Then can I deduct that, these "A" processors are built in two SKU's?

the A8 that my laptop has now has less pipelines than a desktop version. But the A series for laptops I see are built to do away with a CPU and discrete graphics processor card, saving space. my CPU/APU are both on the same processor . Call me a simpleton but I like simple. Heck, Simple is my name.

I gave AMD a chance when I picked up a FX-6300 and overclocked it to 4.0ghz. Then I got the opportunity to pick up a i5-4670k for cheap and run them side by side. I REALLY want to root for the underdog here, but AMD engineers need to pick up the pace. APU's are a niche product. The tech community wants a new CPU with raw power that will give Intel a run for its money. Please AMD, we are still hopeful.

FX-6300 is 120 and core i5 near 220 ... it's almost twice as much of course it will do better. AMD is not doing well but their APU and multicores strategy is not bad. It might pay one day. People used to buy discrete sound card. Maybe one day we will say people used to buy discrete gpu. And if it happens intel will be in big trouble unless they merge with nVidia or they improve their gpu A LOT.

manwiththedroid said,
I gave AMD a chance when I picked up a FX-6300 and overclocked it to 4.0ghz. Then I got the opportunity to pick up a i5-4670k for cheap and run them side by side. I REALLY want to root for the underdog here, but AMD engineers need to pick up the pace. APU's are a niche product. The tech community wants a new CPU with raw power that will give Intel a run for its money. Please AMD, we are still hopeful.

Isn't the point of getting an fx6300 that you get "decent" power for half the price? You wouldn't really compare the fx6300 to 4670... Would you?