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AMD launches its fastest APU, the A10-7890K

by Parm Mann on 1 March 2016, 16:13

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AMD fans may have turned their attention to next-generation Zen processors, due later this year, but the chip giant needs to remind people it's still around in the interim, and is doing so by sprucing-up its desktop product stack.

We've already seen incremental upgrades in recent months, and that trend continues today with the announcement of the A10-7890K, the fastest AMD APU to date, as well as a new Athlon X4 range-topper in the form of the X4 880K.

AMD A-Series APUs - March 2016

Model
CPU Cores
CPU Base Clock
CPU Turbo Clock
GPU Brand
GPU Processors
GPU Clock
Max. DDR3
TDP
Suggested Price
A10-7890K
4
4.1GHz
4.3GHz
Radeon R7
512
866MHz
2133MHz
95W
$165
A10-7870K
4
3.9GHz
4.1GHz
Radeon R7
512
866MHz
2133MHz
95W
$140
A10-7860K
4
3.6GHz
4.0GHz
Radeon R7
512
757MHz
2133MHz
65W
$118

Slotting-in at the top of the A-Series portfolio, the new A10-7890K raises base and turbo frequencies to 4.1GHz and 4.3GHz, respectively, while keeping to a familiar 95W TDP. The chip's onboard Radeon R7 graphics portion hasn't changed in make-up or speed, however AMD's suggested retail price continues to undercut any of Intel's current Core i5 options.

There's nothing particularly innovative about the chip itself, though AMD does add interest by bundling the A10-7890K with the recently announced Wraith cooler as standard. Making good use of the 125W thermal solution, AMD will also now include a variant of the cooler without the illuminated shroud with the A10-7870K and Athlon X4 880K.

The new Athlon, detailed in the table below, raises core frequency by a mere 0.1GHz and is seen as an alternative to Intel's line of Pentium CPUs.

AMD Athlon X4 CPUs - March 2016

Model
CPU Cores
CPU Base Clock
CPU Turbo Clock
Max. DDR3
TDP
Suggested Price
X4 880K
4
4.0GHz
4.2GHz
2133MHz
95W
$95
X4 870K
4
3.9GHz
4.1GHz
1866MHz
95W
$90
X4 860K
4
3.7GHz
4.0GHz
1866MHz
95W
$80

Both of AMD's new additions are multiplier-unlocked, and retail availability of the A10-7890K and Athlon X4 880K is expected by the end of the month.



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I need an APU with HDMI2.0 for my HTPC, get on it AMD.
Percy1983
I need an APU with HDMI2.0 for my HTPC, get on it AMD.

That will be Bristol Ridge which should be released in a few months on socket AM4 and uses DDR4.
Slightly tangential, but are there any decent AIO PCs that use the higher end A10 chips?
A10 with Fury graphics may garner some interest rather than this damp squib.
the Athlon X4 chart has the core and boost clocks the wrong way around