AMD A10-7850K (Kaveri) Black Edition – Quad Core Processor (APU) Review

Graphic Benchmarks

Due to the APU’s graphic processor being on the weaker side, I tested with various resolutions and detail settings to give you a better idea on what the APU can do. Fortunately this time, the setting of Dual Graphics worked without a hitch.

You’ll see 2 rows of A10-7850K results, one is with the default 1333Mhz memory while the other is on 2400Mhz memory.

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*720 Low = no AA, no tessalation, low details.

Card 720p LOW(avg) 720p (avg)
A10-7850K 43.1 17.1
A10-7850K (2400mhz RAM) 56.1 21.1
A10-6800K 43.8 14.1
A10-6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5 93.1 27.6
HD 7750 1GB DDR5 89.5 30.8
HD 6670 1GB DDR5 64 18.6
A10-5800K 42.9 13.6
A8-3850K 16.4 5.4
Core i5 4670K 29.3 9.6

It’s amazing how the APU’s graphic capability improves so much with DDR3 at 2400Mhz, even to approach the Hybrid CrossfireX results at the 20+ fps zone. The Intel Core i5 4670K has an improved IGP among Intel’s line-up but it’s no where near the A10 APUs’ performance.

Metro 2033

Metro 2033
– 1080p = 1080p usual settings as above
– 1080Low = 1080p low settings
– 720p = 720p usual settings
– 720Med = 720p medium settings

Card 1080p 1080Low 720p 720Med
A10-7850K 11.50 22.00 21.00 37
A10-7850K (2400Mhz RAM) 15.00 30.00 27.50 49.50
A10-6800K 11.00 23.00 20.50 38.50
A10-6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5 19.50 38.50 33.00 48.50
HD 7750 1GB DDR5 21.50 50.50 39.50 50.50

Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6
– 720p = 720p high settings
– 720Med = 720p medium settings

Card 720p 720Low
A10-7850K 3027 3097
A10-7850K (with 2400Mhz RAM) 3790 3841
A10-6800K 3085 3561
A10-6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5 3866 4359
HD 7750 1GB DDR5 5356 6158

No idea why the A10-7850K just falls behind.

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2
Just cause is not quite a demanding game so I did a 720p and 1080p test as usual.

Scene Card 1080p (avg) 720p (avg)
Dark Tower A10 7850K 16.21 28.76
A10 7850K (with 2400Mhz RAM) 20.65 36.62
A10 6800K 13.8 25.95
A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5 31.10 53.69
HD 7750 1GB DDR5 35.61 62.59
Desert Sunrise A10 7850K 24.39 41.87
A10 7850K (with 2400Mhz RAM) 30.37 51.85
A10 6800K 21.14 36.98
A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5 44.38 72.21
HD 7750 1GB DDR5 50.71 85.55
Concrete Jungle A10 7850K 13.08 23.40
A10 7850K (with 2400Mhz RAM) 17.57 30.12
A10 6800K 11.59 20.33
A10 6800 + HD 6670 1GB DDR5 24.90 39.31
HD 7750 1GB DDR5 30.27 50.76

And that comes to the end of our graphics test. Conclusion? I’m a bit disappointed in this aspect, especially after viewing many slides saying it performs better in gaming but what I see are a mix of ups and downs.

In comparison to the A10-6800K – the A10-7850K was faster on Metro 2033’s high setting by a bit but not as fast in the lower settings, in games like RE6 it was trailing all the way while games like Just Cause 2 shows marked improvements. Only time will tell as drivers improve.

Bear in mind though that the A10-7850K has a slower GPU core clock but with the newer technology, there could be hiccups here and there. No Hybrid CrossfireX test for this article as I do not have any R7 240. I have R7 260X units and HD 7750.

Sure, the IGP of the APU is of the R7 family BUT the way it was made, it can only pair with the DDR3 variants – the R7 240 and R7 250. 🙁 I’m not surprised that the R7 260X blows the Hybrid CFX APU R7 + R7 250 combo. A DDR3 graphic card doesn’t stand a chance against a GDDR5 variant of the same GPU, have a read at my DDR3 vs GDDR5 comparison.

One thing to add is that the faster the memory, the better the APU’s graphic performance. For a 2x4GB kit, a 1600Mhz and 2400Mhz memory’s price gap is around RM 100 – 200 range, depending on brand and model. I’ve also tried a single 4GB kit and it halved the performance, not a good way to go.


I used the encoding test to push the limit of the processor for temperature test.

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
A10 7850K 34 56
A10 7850K OC 4.4Ghz 34 61
A10 6800K 29 60
A10 5800K 27 69

Good temperatures despite using stock cooler.

5 thoughts on “AMD A10-7850K (Kaveri) Black Edition – Quad Core Processor (APU) Review

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