In what seems to be a common theme every month, AMD’s recent APU release schedule has been to introduce one or two models each news cycle. For the most part, the new elements so far this year have been increases in frequency and efficiency, either replacing previous units or expanding the product stack. This is usually due to adjustments in binning the silicon as it gets produced, or minor improvements in the back-end of production that gives efficiency benefits.

So far this year we have seen the A10-7860K and the A6-7470K, both adjustments to the stack, but using some of AMD’s new 65W/95W CPU coolers. We also saw the announcement of the Athlon X4 845 which was interesting as it stands to be the single processor from AMD that is based on Excavator for the FM2+ platform. Today AMD is announcing two new processors which sit on the top of their FM2+ stacks respectively – the A10-7890K is an APU with increased frequencies, while the Athlon X4 880K is similar without the integrated graphics.

AMD A10 and Athlon X4 Kaveri Lineup
Modules 2 2 2 2 2 2
Threads 4 4 4 4 4 4
Core Freq. (GHz) 4.1-4.3 3.9-4.1 3.6-4.0 4.0-4.2 3.7-4.0 3.5-3.8
Compute Units 4+8 4+8 4+8 4+0 4+0 4+0
512 512 512 N/A N/A N/A
IGP Freq. (MHz) 866 866 754 N/A N/A N/A
TDP 95W 95W 65W 95W 95W 65W
Cooler Wraith 125W
2133 2133 2133 2133 1866 2133
L2 Cache 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x1MB

The A10-7890K will use a 4.1 GHz base frequency, moving up to 4.3 GHz on turbo, with 8 graphics compute units (512 streaming processors total) at 866 MHz. This is all within the 95W thermal envelope, and the A10-7890K will be the second processor from AMD bundled with their new Wraith cooler, rated at 125W with a shroud and LEDs. The Athlon X4 880K will have similar specifications at 100 MHz less, but without the integrated graphics. It is also rated at 95W, but instead gets AMD’s new 125W ‘near-silent’ thermal solution, which is essentially the Wraith cooler without the shroud (which apparently adds a couple dB due to vibration).

Both the X4 880K and the now second highest APU, the A10-7870K, will get this new 125W ‘near-silent’ thermal solution. The other A10 and X4-800 series members will get the new 95W thermal solution, which is a modified version of the high end cooler we normally associate with AMD. AMD has stated that parts that get the new coolers will not be sold for more than their current suggested retail pricing, except the FX-8370 previously announced.

These parts are being made available to the channel and distributors today, although it may take up to a month to hit the shelves for end-users to purchase (there’s no specific date set). Pricing for all the new parts are listed as follows:

  • AMD FX™ 8370 Wraith - $199.99 USD
  • AMD FX™ 8370 - $189.99 USD
  • AMD A10-7890K – $164.99 USD
  • AMD A10-7870K – $139.99 USD
  • AMD A10-7860K - $117.99 USD
  • AMD A8-7670K - $105.99 USD
  • AMD A8-7650K - $95.99 USD
  • AMD Athlon™ X4 880K – $94.99 USD
  • AMD Athlon™ X4 870K - $89.99 USD
  • AMD Athlon™ X4 860K - $79.99 USD
  • AMD Athlon™ X4 845 - $69.99 USD

We have samples inbound, and I have plans to revisit our APU data to update the parts with our most up-to-date benchmark suite. Keep an eye out for that in the next couple of months.

Source: AMD

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  • silverblue - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    What latency issues? Please provide a link if you have one.
  • stardude82 - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link
  • Beany2013 - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    Article date: "October 24, 2011"

    I'll just leave that there.
  • WackyWRZ - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - link

    So here we're talking about Kaveri (Steamroller) which is a derivative of Bulldozer. According to Anand's article (

    "Steamroller brings no significant reduction in L2/L3 cache latencies. According to AMD, they’ve isolated the reason for the unusually high L3 latency in the Bulldozer architecture, however fixing it isn’t a top priority. "

    -The 2011 article is still relevant unfortunately.
  • WackyWRZ - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - link

    - Fixed Link:
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    I thought these chips don't even have L3.
  • - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    Wow. 12 CPU cores. Am I living in 2018?
  • KateH - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    The "combining x86-64 and GPU cores" thing is super misleading, and I wish AMD wouldn't do it :(

    I did have a workstation for a bit with a 12-core Opteron- boy was that thing a treat for Lightroom and Premiere!
  • drgoodie - Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - link

    I agree it can be confusing. To be fair, though, AMD is calling them "Compute Cores" and not Central Processing Unit cores.

    From a marketing and PR campaign, it's important to help people understand HSA. The CPU will hand off compute tasks to the GPU. Getting people (and more importantly developers) to understand this is critical for AMD.
  • NeatOman - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    With a $70 difference between the 880K and the A10-7890K, why not just get a 880K and a $70 graphics card!?

    *i just spent 20 minutes looking for something decent around $70 and.. NOTHING.. $100 and up is the only way to go. Starting with either a R7 360 or 750ti

    Long -> Short, go with a Pentium G4400 / 750 ti and it might come out a few buck cheaper than a A10-7890K and MUCH MUCH faster :/ but just it little louder lol

    FYI, im still rocking a FX-8320@4.5GHz from when it came out 3+ years ago... good enough still

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