AMD A8 7650K APU Review
The tale of the A8-7650K is a strange one indeed, at it's low price of £78 it provides a admirable amount of performance compared to the rest of the Kaveri Lineup, and unlike the A10-7850K it cannot be beaten by a CPU dedicated GPU combo for a similar price, at least without compromising on CPU performance.
While the integrated GPU does not blow the doors off in terms of performance, it does provide a good value, especially if overclocked. At 1080p the amount of modern games that will be playable will be limited, but if you lower the resolution, much like the consoles of today do, you could make play a lot of today's games and have a good framerate.
This chip could be used as a very minimalist, highly budget constrained gaming PC or perhaps as a cheap, "my first PC" for your children to play a few basic games (like Minecraft) on, when played using sub 1080p resolutions.
Overclocking this chip did obtain a good increase in performance, but you won't be using these chips to get world record overclocks. These chips are likely the lowest binned chips in the Kaveri Lineup, but you get what you pay for here.
To finish off, the A8-7650K will be more than you will need for a basic non-gaming PC and should only be considered by gamers if your budget does not allow you to aim any higher. You will have to go sub-1080p to get playable framerates in a lot of games, but again, you get what you pay for here.
We will be giving the A8-7650K the Value for Money award as you simply cannot get performance like this from a CPU with a dedicated GPU for this price, at least without a very unbalanced system.
Thanks to AMD for supplying the A8-7650K for today's review. you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.