AMD A8-3870K Black Edition & Hybrid Crossfire Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

AMD A8-3870K Black Edition Review

Test Setup

AMD A8-3870K
HD6670 (Hybrid Crossfire)
Asus AM1 F1A75-M Pro
8GB Corsair Vengeance
Corsair H80
Corsair AX650W
Windows 7 x64


As always we start by seeking the highest multiplier available, which for the A8-3870K is x38. 

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The highest Bus Speed we were able to obtain is 160MHz.

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So in total we managed to overclock the A8-3870K to 3.6GHz, a nice 600MHz increase over the stock chip. At these speeds the CPU topped out at 68°C, which is not too bad at all.

Of course the CPU isn't the only thing that is available for overclocking, or indeed the only part we need to take account of when ensuring we don't become thermally limited, and the integrated HD6550D GPU can be pushed from it's default setting of 800MHz up to 960MHz. This is the speed that we'll be running our overclocked tests at, including the hybrid Crossfire ones.

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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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