AMD A8 7650K APU Review – The Little APU That Could!


At this point in our testing, we’ll be adding Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, Call Of Duty:AW, The Witcher 3 and revisiting GTA V.

We choose to add a AMD R9 290 for our tests, to have a overkill scenario we wouldn’t recommend putting a 290, or say a GTX 970 in any of these systems since the CPUs will be limiting the GPU in some games, we wanted to test how limited these CPUs would be. In the case of the i5 or APU, we would recommend something along the lines of a R9 285, or GTX 960 which would make a lot of sense.


Crytek’s final installment in the Crysis trilogy is easily their most graphically ambitious release, and even though it is now a few years old, it still represents the bleeding-edge in graphical fidelity.

We test on “High” with FXAA at 1080p

AMD a8 7650K Crysis 3 1080P High

As we see here, our average FPS numbers show a landslide in the favor of the i5 4430, an almost 70% difference over the A8. Not much of a difference is made between overclocked and stock on our APU, and yet again we see the Pentium G3258, even though its clock speed is much higher, fail to keep up in the minimum 1% and .01% the experience leaves much to be desired on it. The i5 certainly provides the best experience here, although at almost half the price our A8 does represent a solid value!


The most recent iteration of Crystal Dynamic’s long-running series, Tomb Raider represents one of the best-looking titles on PC to date. Its varied landscapes and beautiful organic environments create a quite graphically demanding title.

We ran this game on “Ultimate” with TressFX and FXAA at 1080p. MSAA and is disabled.

AMD a8 7650K Tomb Raider 1080P ultimate final1

We see very similar results from all sides, the only thing worth noting is yet again the Pentium gets a much lower 0.01% variance at 41FPS compared to the others at mid to low 50s. These little bits of stutter will be something you’ll notice as time goes on.


The latest version of the long-running Call of Duity franchise, and the first to be developed by Sledehammer Games, Advanced Warfare brings a fresh spin on an old formula, some very nice visuals along with it.

We test with all settings maxed out, Caching, Shader Preloading, and Super Sampling disabled, and at 1080p.

AMD a8 7650K COD AW Very High final

As we take a look at Call of Duty we see the overclocked Pentium takes a strong lead in average FPS, and looks pretty good showing us clockspeed is king seeing as how dismal the i5 does in minimum frame rates. Overall our A8 7650K looks best when we take minimums into consideration never dropping below the 30s.


One of the most highly-anticipated releases for PC, GTA V is the latest installment of Rockstar’s long-running genre-defining open-world shooter, and it is their most graphically demanding title yet! With a massive city that’s brought to life with immense detail.

We test on “Very High” with all “Advanced Graphics” and MSAA options turned off with FXAA enabled, and at 1080p.

AMD a8 7650K GTA V High final

We see the i5 provides the best experience overall, but our A8 7650K provides a very playable experience at over $80 less. Our overclock helps get closer to our goal of 30FPS, and our stock A8 gets a “Cinematic console like” 24FPS in its lowest 1%. We see our Pentium G3258 can not handle this game at all, unfortunately all those who purchased one last summer should consider upgrading to an unlocked i5 or i7 soon with DX 12 around the corner.


AMD a8 7650K Witcher 3 High

We see in the Witcher we get a pretty unplayable experience all around. There is not too much to really mention here, aside from the rather poor performance at stock on the APU.

Oftentimes we will get people asking us about building a gaming PC on a budget, with the ability to upgrade in the future. Well today we will be bringing you our AMD A8 7650K review, which is priced aggressively and certainly packs a punch. This APU can be used in a variety of ways, like a low budget gaming PC with room for upgrades, a HTPC, heck even cheap work stations aren't out of the realm of possibility, but before we make any bold claims lets take a look at its performance. AMD KAVERI REFRESH SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICING AMD's previous APUs were…

Review Overview


Very Strong Value CPU

When it is all said and done, the A8 7650K from AMD is a swiss army knife of a CPU at a great value! It seriously surprised us and was well deserving of our Top Value Award!

User Rating: 4.27 ( 15 votes)


  1. I have been using the A6 4400 for two years and have been able to play everything from crisis 2 to dayz to battlefield 3 at normal settings and never had an issue till it started overheating recently. I am planning to replace the thermal paste and have been debating an upgrade to an A8 or an A10. These processors are amazing.

    • I remember the old trinity’s were great in laptops back a few years ago.

      I was really happy with the performance on this processor. If you plan on buying a Processor from amazon be sure to use our link to support us!

    • if it overheats on you, how is that amazing? once thermal paste is applied you should never have to reapply. it should be a permanent install..

      • Factory thermal paste has a lifespan of 2 years. I am adding mx4 which has a lifespan of 6 years. It’s in an HP laptop which is famous for running hot. Currently to prevent overheating I dialed down the CPU.

      • Thermal paste dries out. If you’ve ever owned a laptop you would notice after about 2 years they tend to get much hotter. That is one of the main contributing factors.

  2. Bernhard Främbs

    If AMD wishes to have any chance to capture market share, they better start looking outside the US in terms of what importers and distributers are doing to their prices. When I have to pay an equivalent of around 200USD for the A10-7850K, then there are more sensible Intel buys. But AMD doesn’t seem to care that their distribution channels are killing their sales in non US markets.

    • Sorry to hear that, it is rather unfortunate that pricing is so high in your country.

    • I’ll bring this up next time I speak to someone at AMD. I am very sorry to hear that 🙁

    • a little late to the party but its the same in my country. they even jacked up the prices a month ago when the aots benchmark came out and then they made promos on intel / NVidia. amd also rarely gets promo. there are bundled offers but it sucks like an a10-7850k with an apotop 2gb 1333 ram. bunch of idiots go buy it without researching the importance of ram to the apu then they flood the forum saying it sucked and that they would never buy amd again.

  3. well written! would have been nice to see 4 more compute cores in action. could use another 1080p budget gamer. it would be more compelling to buy fm2+ if there was a road map or to know there was at least 1 more upgrade coming that will be more competitive in aaa games. i could realistically see a road map for a small form factor with hbm for the apu and maybe integrated on the board. they could make ones the size of game systems and release a few new chips every year or the top end one anyway. i mean why not if memory wont hold you back.

  4. im curious to know what temps did you guys run into while testing this chip? on mine, im using a zalman 9700 and its running temps around 60c. i had to clock it down and also run it in 65w mode to get it to cool down. however it locks up when the temp peaks over the 65 w mode. i do want to use a hyper 212 evo to see if the temps drop.

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