AMD A8 7650K APU Review

Setup, Overclocking and Power Consumption

AMD A8-7650K Review

Test Setup

The test setup here is the same as was used in our Crossblade Ranger review, with AMD 2400MHz memory, a pair of Corsiar LS Series SSDs, an H80i and powered by a HX850 in a Corsair 300R chassis.   

 

CPUAMD Athlon x4 860K
MotherboardASUS ROG Crossblade Ranger
Memory

AMD Radeon Memory 2400MHz memory

GraphicsClub3D Radeon R7 250
CoolingCorsair H80i
Power SupplyCorsair HX850
CaseCorsair 300R 
Storage2x Corsair 60GB LS Solid State Drives

 

Overclocking

Overclocking this APU was a mixed bag, on the CPU side I was only able to get the CPU to overclock up to 4.3GHz, which I found to be fairly disappointing compared to my Athlon 860K which achieved an overclock of 4.5GHz. This dissapointing CPU overclock could be down to two things, the  silicon lottery or that this chip is a low binned chip from AMD, probably both in all likelyhood.

On the GPU side things were much better, we were able to overclock the GPU from 753MHz to 1029MHz, this overclock was applied in ASUS' BIOS. Just to be clear, you cannot overclock an APU with utilities like MSI afterburner.

As you will see later in the review these overclocks greatly increased this APUs performance in games, but it still does not compete well with even some of the most modest of dedicated GPUs.

 

AMD A8-7650K Review  AMD A8-7650K Review

 

Power Consumption  

The APU consumes a similar amount of power to the other Kaveri APUs. At idle it consumes a few more watts than the others, but under a gaming load it had the smallest power draw of all the compared APUs. 

 

AMD A8-7650K Review  

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Most Recent Comments

05-03-2015, 10:37:27

dwatterworth
Very thorough and clear review as always! It is hard to keep in mind the performance gains from the driver revisions though, even with the continued mentioning of the 7850K being tested on release drivers. A constant problem I guess for any GPU reviews.Quote
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