FINAL WORD AND ANALYSIS
Although its price is a bit higher than we would like, so it could be a much better option than the A8. It still isn’t too expensive at $140, considering a lot of Enthusiasts spend that much on their Case or PSU.
The performance per Dollar still beats out the i5 in most cases and comes close to the Pentium, although the Pentium is becoming a worse alternative by the day.
After seeing how well this CPU performs in most tasks, we can definitely say this is one of, if not the best options for an HTPC. It blows the doors off video encoding, handles light gaming well, and does a good job in our productivity suites. All of this leads up to it being a fantastic second/living room PC.
While the argument is there for dropping a dedicated GPU in it a few months down the road, at an extra $40 more than the A8 7650K, we feel this might not be the best idea, since you can grab an Athlon 860K for around $70 and grab a decent dedicated card for under $100.
The biggest deal on this APU is the fact that it comes with a soldered IHS allowing lower temps and better overclocking, as well as more GPU cores. We would be lying if we told you there was not a noticeable difference between the A10 7870K and A8 7650K, especially at stock.
Overall we see a very good product from AMD, and with the addition of Freesync that makes the entire experience even better. At this time Freesync may not make a lot of sense, as Freesync monitors sit at above $250 at time of writing, we would wager that will be changing soon and 1080P 60-90Hz monitors should be hitting the market at the $150-$200 mark making this tech a little more feasible for the average user. We can also add that Freesync makes the entire experience very enjoyable and isn’t some gimmick which some try to write off, adaptive sync is the future and it is bright!
With all that said and done, we will give this product our Silver seal.