Will gamers on a budget can get a bang out of this new processor?
AMD has been launching a series of Kaveri APU processors, which aims to provide essential gaming experience for gamers who are looking for a low to mid-range PC that would not leave a dent to their wallets. Now they have released an upgraded version of the Kaveri called the Godavari which has an integrated Radeon R7 GPU in this line of APUs. Now will this new APU from AMD can be a good solution for gamers who wants to build a new gaming rig at an affordable price? We will soon find out in our review.
Before we proceed, here is the specifications for the AMD AA8-7670K:
The A8-7670K has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz and can reach up to 3.9 GHz when boosted, it has 384 streaming processors from its 6 graphical computing units. We tested the APU on Cinebench R15 to check its performance and compare it with other available processors in the market.
Surprisingly the A8-7670K managed to outscore the A10-7800 by just 2 points though this one is clocked at 3.50 GHz. However when compared to the latest i5 and i7 CPUs, the A8-760K was outscored by the higher level CPU by almost double or quadruple. This means that the computing power of the APU is in comparison that from the i3 CPU from Intel, and this could mean that the APU is not capable of handling heavy applications like After Effects and other heavy video editing software. In regards to its integrated graphics, it can run at 43 frames per second on OpenGL. In terms of temperature, with an attached generic CPU fan, it can stay at around 38-40 degrees Celsius when idle and can go up to 65 degrees Celsius when loading, which are still on the good range but it would be advisable to use a branded CPU fan to provide better ventilation to the processor.
Now we tried some games on the integrated graphics, we picked some of the popular games that are being played in net cafes as well as gamers at home and see if gamers would need to rely much on the Radeon R7 series integrated graphics. So far some of the popular online games such as DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can run at more than 60 frames per second on low settings either 720p or 1080p resolution, this means these two games can be played on medium settings while maintaining a good amount of framerates. While some of the high-end games like Battlefield 4 and Dragon Age Inquisition can still run good at 720p on low settings however Battlefield 4 cannot reach 60 frames per second when increased to 1080p resolution. Gamers may also have a hard time playing The Witcher 3 as it can run at almost 30 frames per second as an average when set on the lowest settings at 720p, but once increasing it to 1080p, the game is unplayable due to poor framerates with an average of just 18 frames per second.
For the verdict on the AMD A8-7670K APU, it can perform well similar that from laptops that does not have a powerful graphics card or those low-end PCs for typical internet and basic PC uses, though this processor can handle the popular games, they are only playable on the lowest settings, using the integrated graphics would be used as a backup instead and invest on a mid-range graphics card for those who are in a tight budget. But if a consumer may be building a PC on a smaller size and basically just more on just low-end games, movie marathons and all day internet browsing, the A8-7670K is pretty much a good option.