AMD A10 7870K CPU Review – Welcoming Competition!


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.

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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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