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Recommended System Requirements
Game APU A10-7890K Quad-Core FX-6100
Cyberpunk 2077 52% 66%
Control 94% 112%
eFootball PES 2020 47% 61%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 94% 112%
Grand Theft Auto VI 142% 165%
Borderlands 3 52% 66%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 142% 165%
Red Dead Redemption 2 103% 123%
F1 2019 103% 122%
FIFA 20 28% 40%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD APU A10-7890K Quad-Core is noticeably better than the AMD FX-6100 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 A10-7890K Quad-Core was released over three years more recently than the FX-6100, and so the APU A10-7890K Quad-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the FX-6100 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 FX-6100 has 2 more cores than the APU A10-7890K Quad-Core. 6 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the APU A10-7890K Quad-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The FX-6100 has 2 more threads than the APU A10-7890K Quad-Core. Both CPUs have one thread 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 APU A10-7890K Quad-Core and FX-6100 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 A10-7890K Quad-Core has a 0.8 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 probably a good indicator that the FX-6100 is superior.

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 FX-6100 has a 2048 KB bigger L2 cache than the APU A10-7890K Quad-Core, and although the APU A10-7890K Quad-Core 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.

Both the APU A10-7890K Quad-Core and the FX-6100 have the same TDP of 95 Watts, but the APU A10-7890K Quad-Core has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

The APU A10-7890K Quad-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The FX-6100, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Radeon R7 7890K, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

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 CodenameGodavariZambezi
MoBo SocketSocket FM2+Socket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Mar 201612 Oct 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs6
CPU Threads4vs6
Clock Speed4.1 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.3 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs95 W
Lithography28 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature72°Cvs70°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs288 KB
L2 Cache Size4096 KBvs6144 KB
L3 Cache Size-vs8 MB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon R7 7890K
Base GPU Frequency866 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX11.2vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewAPU A10-7890K Quad-Core is a Performance CPU based on the 28nm, Steamroller architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 4.1GHz, which may go up to 4.3GHz 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 7890K, with 512 Shader Processing Units, clocked at 866MHz, 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.
FX-6100 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Bulldozer architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (6 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

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

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