A10-7890K and Athlon X4 880K take top spots in AMD FM2+ lineup

AMD added two new top dogs to its A10 APU and Athlon CPU lineups this morning. On the APU side of the aisle, the A10-7890K runs at 4.1GHz base and 4.3GHz turbo speeds, a 200MHz clock speed bump over its predecessor, the A10-7870K.

Clock speed increase aside, the 7890K maintains the same Radeon R7 graphics block as the 7870K. It's got eight GCN compute units running at 866MHz. The 7890K slots into the same 95W TDP, too. Like other K-series APUs, the 7890K is unlocked for easy overclocking.

The cherry on top of this APU is AMD's excellent Wraith cooler, which comes standard with this chip. The A10-7890K will retail for a suggested price of $165 with the Wraith in-box.

The Athlon X4 880K, meanwhile, is a quad-core CPU with no integrated graphics onboard. This 95W chip runs at 4GHz base and 4.2GHz turbo speeds, and it's also unlocked for easy overclocking. AMD is introducing a new cooler with this part: a "near-silent 125W thermal solution," or what looks like a Wraith without the fancy light-up shroud. All that comes for a $95 suggested price.

The A10-7870K will continue on in the lineup with the same shroudless Wraith cooler that AMD is introducing with the Athlon X4 880K. Look for these chips on retail shelves soon.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    7890K = 4.1GHz 2C/4T Steamroller and a DDR3 R7 250 for $165.

    It’s about $30 cheaper than an i3-6100 and a DDR3 R7 250.
    It’s also about $30 more expensive than a G3258 and a DDR3 R7 250.

    The problem is that a G3258 is faster in single-threaded performance by a lot. Like 60% or more and games really really need single-threaded performance. In fact, the G3258 is 30% faster than the ridiculous 5GHz FX9590 as it sucks down 220W – strictly in single-threaded performance of course.

    What AMD needs is for Zen to work as well as everyone is hoping it will, and for Intel stand still and do nothing for three years or more.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 4 years ago

      Zen will be as amazing as the Russian armed forces. Exactly what that means depends on who you ask…

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      If Zen works as well as everyone is hoping it will, it won’t catch Intel.

      No. Zen needs to work [u<]much better[/u<] than everyone had hoped it would.

        • Chrispy_
        • 4 years ago

        AMD have no hope of overtaking intel and I don’t think any sane person expects them to.

        What Zen will hopefully be is good [i<]enough[/i<] to be an alternative to Intel. 75% as good for 75% the cost would be fine for a lot of people. Right now though, Skylake has something like a 2x IPC advantage over Piledriver/Steamroller in single-threaded tasks which is enough to make the whole AMD CPU stack look like a joke. If they can claim some wins anywhere on the price/performance charts with Zen (doesn't have to be at the top) then they have a slightly more secure future.

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    As boring as these chips may be, I’d actually consider them if I were building something for myself these days, seeing as I rarely push my system hard anymore. Like right now I’m managing our photos between two external hard drives. Thousands and thousands of it. Even a Pentium will do very well, or even a Ka[b<]bean[/b<]ie. That's it.

    • egon
    • 4 years ago

    Quite like the cooler after seeing the review. Perhaps they should make an Intel version…

    Other than that, I just weep and reminisce about the Athlon 64 glory days.

      • NTMBK
      • 4 years ago

      They haven’t updated the cooler mount in about 10 years, so you could just get that new cooler and strap it onto an Athlon 64. Best of both worlds 😀

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Can’t be fun at AMD waiting for Zen to take off. These chips are hardly exciting but I suppose you gotta give credit to AMD for showing signs of life.

      • LostCat
      • 4 years ago

      Eh. I’d at least like to see Anands benches, since I do use a 7850K.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        Well, their Bench section has the 7850K and 7870K. So you could compare those two and add the difference between them to guesstimate where the 7890K would end up.

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    Love how they think they have “Processor Options”

    [url<]https://peopleworksin.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/business-people-laughing-for-blog.jpg[/url<]

    • Welch
    • 4 years ago

    …”the 7890K maintains the same Radeon R7 graphics block as the 7870K.”

    Typo? The AMD press update shows the 7890K with R7 graphics and the 7870K with R5 graphics….?

    • Kretschmer
    • 4 years ago

    AND THE CROWD GOES COMATOSE!

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Oh we’ve been comatose since Kaveri.

        • Chrispy_
        • 4 years ago

        Nah, Kaveri added GCN. That roused the crowd from its coma just enough to twitch a finger.

          • ronch
          • 4 years ago

          Well, then I became comatose sooner than you guys. 😛

    • Unknown-Error
    • 4 years ago

    Only interesting one is the Excavator based Athlon X4 845. In some cases it IIRC it surpasses the A10-7890K **SHRUG**

    • auxy
    • 4 years ago

    Early rumors said that the Athlon X4 880K would be based on [s<]Steamroller[/s<] Excavator cores (Carrizo with graphics disabled) rather than [s<]Piledriver[/s<] Steamroller as in Kaveri, any word on that? [sub<][i<]edit[/i<]: Fixed codenames. Thanks NTMBK![/sub<]

      • NTMBK
      • 4 years ago

      Kaveri is Steamroller, Carrizo is Excavator 🙂

      But this looks like Kaveri, it has 4MB of L2.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 4 years ago

      There’s nothing to suggest that the X4 880K is anything other than Kaveri/Godavari.

        • Rakhmaninov3
        • 4 years ago

        In-a-gadda-da-vida, baby!

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      I honestly wouldn’t give too much thought between Screamtroller and Escalator in desktop deployments, since Escalator is hardly any faster than Screamtroller.

    • NTMBK
    • 4 years ago

    OH COME ON JUST SHIP BRISTOL RIDGE ALREADY

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      They would if they could.

    • Anovoca
    • 4 years ago

    AMD woke up this morning and saw its shadow. Three more months of Kaveri.

      • nanoflower
      • 4 years ago

      Well we may hear more about both their CPU and GPU options planned for later this year at GDC in a few weeks. Though we likely won’t see any shipping products for at least four months.

      • Tirk
      • 4 years ago

      I don’t think they’ll be updating their APU lineup with Zen until next year, so it’ll be a lot longer than 3 months.

      The first Zen chips I believe were said to be enthusiast chips and not APUs but if someone knows more info please share 🙂

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    Whither AM4?

      • ermo
      • 4 years ago

      Why would you say that?

        • willmore
        • 4 years ago

        I think you’re misreading that.

        Whither – adj – to what place or state

        Wither – verb – become dry and shriveled

        He’s just asking where AM4 is.

          • LostCat
          • 4 years ago

          Probably where Zen is.

            • EndlessWaves
            • 4 years ago

            In the infinite oneness?

          • ermo
          • 4 years ago

          Oops. Thanks for clarifying. =)

            • willmore
            • 4 years ago

            English can be a real PITA.

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