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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.

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