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Godavari, A More Refined Kaveri
As an echo to the beginning of this Lab Exam: AMD’s Kaveri APU is old. Its 28nm die process is both a dated and a legacy component, especially since the world has moved on towards the manufacturing of processors made with the 16nm and 14nm die processes.
The A10-7870K is what many amongst the media has deemed as a ‘Refreshed Kaveri’, as well as its official nomenclature: Godavari. In the eyes of a general consumer, Godavari is meant to be an improvement over the A107850K Black Edition APU, and how. Off the bat, the A10-7870K’s base frequency is set at 3.9GHz, with a turbo frequency of 4.1GHz. The frequencies for the GPU cores have been increased significantly as well too, up from 720MHz on the A107850K to 866MHz on the Godavari. To keep a long story short: that frequency bump visually makes a difference in both the performance and experience, as you’ll see in our charts further into this article.
It’s still fitted with the same number of Compute Cores: four CPU cores, along with eight GPU cores, which are based on a revised variation of AMD’s GCN (Graphics Core Next) technology, the engine that powers AMD’s latest Radeon graphics cards. That itself makes a world of a difference between AMD and its direct competitor in this field, Intel, especially when it comes to running some of today’s video game titles without the presence of a dedicated graphics card.
Before we go any further, let us be clear: the A10-7870K is not, by any means, an iteration of AMD’s mobile Carrizo APU. Far from it, this APU is still based on the current (and again, relatively dated) Steamroller architecture, and not the Excavator.
And so, with that out of the way, let’s get right down to the nitty gritty of all our Lab Exams: the scores and performance numbers of the A10-7870K, and just how much it pulls itself in front of the competition.