AMD Athlon X4 880K Processor Review

All the FX CPU and A series APU side, AMD retains its Athlon name for the lower range CPU. The X4 880K is AMD’s quad-core CPU that shares the same platform as their APU, minus the graphics capability.

AMD Athlon X4 880K Processor Review 1

While the X4 480 is like the A8 range, the X4 880K performs along the lines of the AMD A10 range APU.

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Test Setup

Motherboard ASUS A88X Pro
RAM Kingston HyperX 2x 4GB 2400Mhz DDR3
Power Supply Cooler Master V850
Operating System Windows 10 64bit

Benchmarks

The following are the test results.

x264 – 10bit to 8bit Video Conversion

The source video is a 720p MKV file that is 90 seconds in duration. x264 settings at the slowest.

Processor Time Taken
(Seconds)
AMD Athlon X4 880K 321
AMD Athlon X4 840 370
AMD A10-7850K 340
Intel Core i3-4130 313

ASUS RealBench H.264

Default settings

Processor Time Taken
(Seconds)
AMD Athlon X4 880K 139
AMD Athlon X4 840 152
AMD A10-7850K 145

Temperature

X264 10bit to 8bit conversion was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c. Cooling done with the stock cooler.

Processor Idle(°C) Load (°C)
AMD Athlon X4 880K 49 63

Power Consumption

Power Consumption measurement is based on readings taken from watt-meter. Power consumption is based on entire system, comprising of the processor, a motherboard, 2 sticks of RAM and 1 fan for cooling purpose. For this setup, the power consumption is inclusive of the R7 250 graphics card. Estimated actual draw is calculated based on 90% power efficiency of PSU, and deducting an approximate of 15W for GPU, SSD and cooling fan.

Condition Peak (W)
Video Conversion 140
Estimated Actual Draw
111

The Verdict

The AMD Athlon X4 880K Processor retails at RM 400, an excellent proposition at that price point. For example it performs like the Intel Core i3 that costs about 15% more, and it’s outperforms its A10 siblings that costs 50% – 70% more.

This makes the X4 880K the ideal choice when it comes to pairing up with a discreet GPU.

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