AMD APU A10-7850k Quad Core
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Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Quad Core and the Quad Core are equal when it comes to running the latest games. This means they will be about the same in terms of bottlenecking (or not bottlenecking) GPUs.

Both the APU A10-7850k Quad Core and the APU A10-7850k Quad Core were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 Quad Core and the Quad Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The has more threads than the . Both CPUs have one thread per physical core. The Quad Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Quad Core uses hyperthreading, as it has 1 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 Quad Core and the Quad Core are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. That isn't particularly helpful, however, as the Quad Core and the Quad Core provide identical clock rates and thus extremely similar performance. The two CPUs even provide identical turbo clock rates, so if there are performance differences, we need to look elsewhere.

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 Quad Core and the Quad Core have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. They even have the same L1 cache size, so are identical in terms of cache size.

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.

Both the Quad Core and the Quad Core have the same TDP of 95 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 28 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Quad Core and the Quad Core 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 CodenameKaveriKaveri
MoBo SocketSocket FM2+Socket FM2+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date14 Jan 201414 Jan 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed3.7 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs4 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs95 W
Lithography28 nmvs28 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature72°Cvs72°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs4096 KB
L2 Cache Speed-vs-
L3 Cache Size-vs-
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs2400 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R7 7850KRadeon R7 7850K
Base GPU Frequency730 MHzvs730 MHz
Max GPU Frequency836 MHzvs836 MHz
DirectX11.2vs11.2
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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PCIe Revision3vs3
PCIe Configurations3vs3

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A10-7850K Quad-Core is a performance CPU based on the 28nm, Steamroller architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.7GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the processor has the clock multiplier unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor integrates very powerful Graphics called Radeon R7 7850K, with 512 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 720MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 95W.

It is a powerful Quad Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
APU A10-7850K Quad-Core is a performance CPU based on the 28nm, Steamroller architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.7GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz and 4MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the processor has the clock multiplier unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor integrates very powerful Graphics called Radeon R7 7850K, with 512 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 720MHz, which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 95W.

It is a powerful Quad Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.