Conclusion: Now that we have had a closer look and ran some benchmarks; are these APUs a worthy purchase? Do the specifications on paper live up to worthy real world standards? There is only one way to find out but first, let’s take a look at the difference between the AMD A10-7850K and A10-7700K APUs.
AMD A10-7850K (Kaveri) Review: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
13 May 2014
Summary: AMD Kaveri has united four x86 Steamroller cores and GCN-based Radeon R7 graphics core. It has manufactured by 28-nm process technology and supports HSA specification. AMD believes that due to this cocktail it has an outstanding product, able to compete with Core i5.
Conclusion: Now that we have put the A10-7850K through all of our benchmarks we finally have an idea of where it stands. AMD has done a great job of improving on the already good performance of their APUs when it comes to the integrated graphics.
Excerpt: If you're interested in putting together a very different type of computer for overclocking , then take a good look at this option. It's an APU from AMD, which means it includes both general and graphics processing power.
Conclusion: AMD’s Kaveri A10-7850K is a solid overclocker. While we settled at 1028MHz on the GPU we were able to go another divider higher with slight bumps in voltage and the enthusiastic overclocker might even be able to go a couple more dividers up into the 1100-1200MHz region.
Summary: System Benchmarks -
The A10-7850K, through the use of compute cores and HSA computing, showed considerable improvement in most tasks. The only place where it would be considered stagnant is with pure x86 processes, where it is still on par with the previous “Richland” processors.
Cons: Low Priced, HSA Computing Looks Promising, Overall Improved Performance, 4.5GHz Overclock, Good Temperatures, Improved Video Performance, Unlocked, Low Power Consumption, 1080p Gaming On Low settings With No Discrete GPU, Up to Date Dual-Graphics Configuration, GPU Supports Mantle API
Conclusion: So while Kaveri holds some promise for AMD, its top-end chip occupies a precarious spot in the current field of desktop CPUs. It makes sense in a few niche situations, but it lacks broader appeal due to its price, high power consumption, and features that are probably too far ahead of their time for...
Pros: Integrated graphics can handle most games at 1080p and medium settings, Unlocked for overclocking
Cons: Much higher TDP than comparable Intel CPUs, Fastest possible RAM required for best gaming performance, CPU performance still lags behind the competition, HSA support currently limited
Summary: Kaveri APus have a lot in store, and get a lot to say about. I've been working with this A10-7850K APU for a few days now and its an excellent APU for generic desktop PC usage. Combine your setup with a nice SSD and the OS feels incredible snazzy and fast.
Excerpt: Although the Steamroller cores in AMD's Kaveri-based A8-7600 APU brought a notable boost in CPU efficiency, it felt like the company was mostly focused on gaming performance with last month's update.