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


In our Photoshop CC test, we employ the Radial Blur Test for measuring CPU performance. It works by applying a complex Radial Blur filter to a high-resolution image (4500 x 3000), and measuring the time it takes to finish the task. Since all of our CPUs today feature integrated graphics, we will be using GPU Acceleration. 
AMD a8 7650K Photoshop finalIn this test the i5 really shows its worth beating the overclocked variant by over 40%. Our Pentium falls dead last again even with its overclock. We also see a slight increase in performance with the overclock for our APU.


7-Zip is an open-source file archiving program. We use the program’s built-in benchmark utility to measure our CPU’s performance in both compressing and decompressing files. We test with a dictionary size of 32MB and all 16 threads.

AMD a8 7650K 7-Zip Decompressing1


WinRAR is easily the most well-known file archiving program. In our test we use the application’s built-in benchmark utility in order to determine CPU performance.

AMD a8 7650K WinRAR1


LibrOffice is a open source spreadsheet application, and is Microsoft’s Excels main competitor, It is used by millions worldwide and has fantastic support for hardware acceleration.


Our Ground Water test takes the groundwater level during the measurement period from three counties, and gives us the difference from the average, lowest and highest elevations over the entire measurement respectively. It would be something used by Civil Scientists, which uses statistics to determine the results.

AMD a8 7650K LibreOffice Ground Water Test Final

Here we see the Pentium G3258 get absolutely smoked, LibreOffice is finely tuned for HSA thanks to AMD working with the developers and it shows in spades. Also our stock variant gets beat by 50% The i5 also shows up a bit slow.


The Energy Market test takes consumption of four different forms of energy (namely Hydro, Biogas, Charcoal and LPG) measured in different units in different countries, and gives the correlation of different energy consumption in each country which represents a use-case that enables comparing different forms of energy based on consumption and the influence of one form on the other forms of energy.

This is something that enables comparing different forms of energy based on consumption and the  influence of one form on the other forms to useful for Marketers or Energy Analysts

AMD a8 7650K LibreOffice Energy Market Test

We made sure to run this test multiple times, but the results were always the same. Something in this test really doesn’t like the Intel hardware. This kind of performance made us rethink using Excel.


In the Building Design test we use the  flat number, Fenestration Area and Opaque area of a particular flat are the inputs to get computation of ETTV (single material) and ETTV-TWO (more than one material) values yielding the permissible value of thermal performance of the entire building and energy conservation design factors, depending on the number of materials used for the building design.

This is useful for Architects designing and constructing buildings for customers.

AMD a8 7650K LibreOffice Building Design Test

Okay this makes a bit more sense, the i5 makes serious headway to get up to the stock APU configuration. The Pentium trails in the back and the overclock takes a decent lead.

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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