Review: Review: AMD A8-3870K

CPU

Our score: 3/5
Latest Related Content
December 3, 2012 12:00 PM
Published: February 14, 2012 2:42 PM
Updated: February 14, 2012 2:43 PM
By Régis Jehl
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
A step up from the A8-3850, the AMD A8-3870K APU has a slightly higher clock speed, at 3 GHz compared with 2.9 GHz for the lower-end model. The rest of the tech specs are identical, however, with four cores, no Turbo mode and no alternative to Intel's Hyper-Threading.

This slight boost in clock speed does improve performances slightly—by about 3% on average. This processor therefore comes in about equivalent to the now 'old' Core i3 560, and well below the Core i3 2100. The AMD A8-3870K and Intel's Core i3 2100 sell for similar prices, but graphics performances aren't quite as good in the Intel processor since AMD's APU has a graphics chip built-in. Note, however, that the integrated graphics chip doesn't mean that gamers can do away with a dedicated graphics card (not according to our tests, anyway).
 

Montage

 

Click on the graph to see all our test results
and compare this processor with others

For more information about AMD's A-Series four-core APUs, see the detailed product overview in our review of the AMD A8-3850.
 
Power Use Performance: Applications Performance: Games
3/5 AMD A8-3870K DigitalVersus 2012-02-14 15:42:00

Pros

  • Absolute performance of integrated graphics chip

Cons

  • Power use
  • Processor could be faster

Conclusion

AMD has made a great step forward with its APUs thanks to a much improved graphics processing unit. However, gamers would still need to use a separate graphics card alongside this APU. Plus, pure processing performances lag behind the competition.

ADVERTISING