AMD APU A10-7850k
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Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz is massively better than the AMD APU A10-7850k when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The APU A10-7850k was released less than a year after the Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The APU A10-7850k and the Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The APU A10-7850k and Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the APU A10-7850k has a 0.3 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The APU A10-7850k has a 3072 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz, and although the APU A10-7850k does not appear to have an L3 cache, its larger L2 cache means that it wins out in this area.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz has a 11 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the APU A10-7850k, and was created with a 6 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The APU A10-7850k and the Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaveriHaswell
MoBo SocketSocket FM2+LGA 1150
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 Jan 201404 Jun 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs-
Clock Speed3.7 GHzvs3.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs-
Max TDP95 Wvs84 W
Lithography28 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Max Temperature72°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs1024 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size-vs6 MB
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs-
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R7 7850KIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency-vs-
Max GPU Frequency720 MHzvs-
Displays Supported-vs-

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
PCIe Revision3vs-
PCIe Configurations3vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe new APU A10-7850k is scheduled to be available on the 14th January 2014. The APU will have 4 cores capable of running at 3.7GHz and a turbo clock speed of above 4GHz. The A10-7850K will be a top tier AMD CPU capable of running all current games effortlessly. This APU will be paired with a R7 series IGP (supporting Mantle), which will be equivalent to HD 7750 in terms of performance. Additionally, this will be the first processor to feature AMD True Audio and HSA technology. In overall, this APU will provide a performance of 856 Gigaflops. Expect this to cost around $173 at launch. Information is still being published and we will update here as it becomes available. The GPU is clocked at 720 MHz and can usually run low to mid range games at medium settings.Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 22nm Haswell architecture.
It packs 4 physical Cores initially clocked at 3.4GHz whose frequencies will go up to 3.8GHz in Turbo Mode. It consumes up to 84W.
It features integrated graphics called Intel HD 4600 that can have the central unit clocked up to 1200MHz (in Turbo Mode) and the fastest memory supported is DDR3-1600. This CPU has unlocked clock multiplier and so has great overclocking potential.
Its performance is more than enough for any of today's games and will be for the next years. Still, it's not a worthy upgrade from the previous 3570K.