AMD A8-3870K Black Edition & Hybrid Crossfire Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

AMD A8-3870K Black Edition Review 


Things have been tough on AMD in the CPU side of the business lately. Whilst the Radeon arm has been pumping out some extraordinarily high performing graphics cards, the CPUs have been lackluster. Indeed the much-anticipated Bulldozer processors were nothing short of disappointing. In almost ever sector of the market from the very high-end down to the budget sector, Intel have been dominating the performance aspect.

Today we're taking a look at the A8-3870K from AMD, a CPU that is definitely aimed squarely at the budget audience, and comes with a built in HD6650D iGPU to make low-stress gaming on a CPU a possible reality.

So with a price of a mere £100, an unlocked multiplier, and a relatively good integrated graphics option, does the value portion of the AMD product range provide something good, or is it more of the same?

Technical Specifications

Based around the 32nm process on the FM1 socket, the 3870K is a 3GHz Quad Core CPU, supporting 1866MHz DDR3 and with a low (for AMD) TDP of 100W. This latest range has a wealth of models available, but thanks to the aggressive pricing we're looking at the highest end model.

CPU Model:3870K Black Edition
CPU Features:AMD Virtualization (AMD-V)
Enhanced 3DNow!
Core:Quad Core
Core Name:Lynx
Core Size:32 nm
Clock Speed:3.0 GHz
Turbo Speed:N/A
Graphics Chipset:AMD Radeon HD 6550D
Graphics Cores:400
Graphics Clock:600 MHz
Max. Memory Speed:DDR3 - 1866
L2 Cache (Total):1MB x 4
Voltage:0.9125 - 1.4125 (V)


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Most Recent Comments

25-05-2012, 08:26:13

Have been running one of these in my daughter's rig for a few months now. Its does everything asked of it with consumate ease. Mild gaming and internet browsing - it doesn't even break a sweat. The only thing that I noticed is that HWMonitor doesn't report the temps correctly.Quote

25-05-2012, 12:45:31

I personally have one of these and i think they are excellent!

Got my iGPU at 800Mhz from the stock 600MHz and most games play in 1080p with medium detail.

Also overclocked my HyperX Blu 1600Mhz to 1866Mhz so i get even better performance.

I would recommend this for anyone who likes some light gaming,Quote

25-05-2012, 14:11:07

surpised they let tom test one of these after his rightfully scathing attack on faildozer.

i was an amd fan, until that chip came out, now i'm leaning towards an intel build for the first time in over a decadeQuote

25-05-2012, 14:21:57

I think this CPU/APU is underrated. Ok it can`t keep up with an i5 or i7 but it has a lot of power and packs a decent gpu in there too. I used this one in a PC for a costumer, he can play nearly all games (even though in low settings) and it`s more than enough for internet, watching movies etc. I was really suprised by it when i tested it. And it`s cheap too, over here in Germany you get the A8-3870K for around 100€, really nice price (cheapest i6 is around 150€). I`m using alot AMD CPUs cause my avarage costumer does not have too much money and with the FMI chips i get a Cpu and a Gpu for little money. For Multimedia-PCs this is a good choice.Quote

26-05-2012, 11:48:21

its about time amd got back into the budget market, and it sounds like they've come back to the budget market, and slaughtered all competition at this kind of price point ...

they just need to get the high end sorted out and give intel some serious competition again.Quote

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