Chipmaker AMD once again has gamers looking to be able to buy high-performance parts at a decent price in its sights with the new A10-7870K chip.
Compared to the A10-7850K, the A10-7870K sees a 5 percent increase in clock speed across the board. The CPU now runs at 3.9GHz with a turbo frequency of 4.1GHz, up from 3.7GHz and 4.0GHz respectively on the A10-7850K. This is not a massive leap in performance, but given that the price is lower than the A10-7850K was at launch, it makes the A10-7870K a very compelling part.
The GPU also gets a beefier 20 percent clock speed boost, leaping to 866MHz from 720MHz. The GPU also features 512 shader processors, 32 TMUs and 8 ROPs.
TDP for this part stays the same at a modest 95W, cooling is not going to be an issue.
The chip also supports FreeSync frame smoothing technology - also know as DisplayPort 1.2a - which can be found on a number of new monitors from the likes of Acer, BenQ, LG, Nixeus, Samsung, and ViewSonic.
About the only bottleneck is the dual-channel DDR3, but in the real world this is really not going to be an issue unless your system is at the absolute cutting edge. For mere mortals, this is more than enough. On the upside, good quality dual-channel DDR3 RAM is cheap.
If you're looking to buy or build a gaming system, I'd recommend the A10-7870K irrespective of whether you're building a budget system or a high-end rig. This is high-performance silicon that comes with a very attractive price tag.