AMD A10 7870K CPU Review – Welcoming Competition!


While Blizzard’s iconic RTS title may be getting a bit long in the tooth, it is still one of the most popular RTS’s out today.

a10 7870K SC2 1080P results

Again, you guessed it the AMD integrated GPUs take the cake again, we do notice our overclock on the A10 7870K seems to make the biggest difference here, almost doubling the minimum frame rate, we would imagine this has to do with a CPU bottleneck during the heaviest part of our benchmark with tons of banlings crashing into a Terran army.

Aside from the brief point of massive action the game very similar to most of my games on ladder and the addition of Freesync really made a huge difference.


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 massive city that’s brought to life with immense detail.

For this test, we use the lowest settings in DX11 available for as close to playable performance as possible.

a10 7870K GTA V 1080P results

GTA V shows us the difference between playable and unplayable, from the i5 and Pentium. They are both quite limited by their IGPs (We’d imagine Broadwell or Skylake would fare better but there are currently no Skylake chips priced below $200 now)

It comes as no surprise our A10 7870K takes the lead once again, tripling the Pentium and i5. The A8 is no slouch either and stays within single digit percentage points.


At 720P we see the results are much closer although the A10 7870k stock and overclocked never drop below 30FPS, quite a feat considering its simply just integrated graphics. The i5 was somewhat playable at these settings, although definitely not an enjoyable experience.


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


The i5 wins this time in everything except for minimum .01%, an anomaly that didn’t seem to change no matter how many runs we went through. That being said the Intel CPU takes the win here although the A10 7870K puts up a great fight.


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.

a10 7870K TombRaider 1080P results

Taking a look at these results we see that all of these CPUs can run this game well, with the exception of the Pentium getting some noticeable stutter, although it is rare to get in game and with some lower settings would run very well. Aside from that these results are so close the A10 7870K’s lead is barely noticeable although it never does drop below 60 which is very nice.

The A10-7870K is not any version of Carrizo. It relies on the same Steamroller cores as Kaveri, hence the title 'Kaveri Refresh', and is the same architecture as Kaveri. This is the "big daddy" of Kaveri, nicknamed Godvari by enthusiasts, since this is the highest clocked and best binned APU available on the market today. The A10 7870K is very similar to the A10 7850K, except clocked at 3.9 GHz and 3.7GHz on the CPU and 866MHz and 720MHz respectively. The A10 7870K is priced at $140 and the A10 7850K is priced at $125 MARKET AND COMPETITION Many of…

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Godvari knocks it out the park

After seeing how well the A10-7870K performs in most tasks, we can definitely say this is one of, if not the best options for an HTPC. A fantastic option for a living room PC!

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  1. Wow! This review pretty fair. Most of the time we see monster i7s making this CPU look like a chump, but it’s really a champ. Thank you for the review.
    Would it be considered an upgrade, from the CPU-side of things, to my FX-6300?

    • I don’t think so. And You would need a new motherboard. While it’s a really nice chip i belive you should look for a FX-8370/8370E (125W/95W) if you need more power.If your software does not use more than 4 threads it might not be even worth it. Save money for a i5 (the cheapest ones starts at +- $180,00) or AMD Zen…

    • Your 6300 is absolutely fine. If you wanted an upgrade I’d recommend waiting for Zen. This CPU although absolutely wonderful, in someways gets beaten by the FX 6300 especially when something supports more cores or uses L3 Cache.

      Putting it up against an i7 is simply unfair.

  2. Good review. I’m looking to use one for an HTPC, and it seems from what I’ve read, it fits the bill, even with the integrated GPU. I’d be interested to see how well it works in an ITX build, so I guess I’ll just have to see for myself.

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