AMD A10-7700K APU Review

This is AMD’s 7700K APU, and boy is it great for the price! It isn’t the best performer in the world, but is amazing as a first PC build with an inkling towards gaming.

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The two chips you see above are the 7700K and the 7850K. We had a few issues with the 7850K chip, so we thought we would get this review out for you first! Let us know if you really want to see that 7850K review, and we will work around getting the chip working!AMD A10-7700K APU Review.00_00_15_21.Still003So as usual, the box showcases the chip on the side (there is a bit of glare in the image above, just trust me it is there!) and also holds a heatsink. AMD A10-7700K APU Review.00_00_28_20.Still004If you didn’t already know, the APU (Accelerated Processing Unit, a combo of CPU and GPU) is a PGA chip (Pin grid array, as opposed to LGA or land grid array used by Intel) meaning the pins are sticking out of the chip.

So, lets move onto what this can do. Here is the full table of results:

AVG Result
Cinebench 296 cb
Open GL 38.18 fps
Handbrake 74 mins
Compression 54 mins
BF4 26
Grid2 45
Crysis3 15
Bioshock 30
Unigine 20

If you want a great analysis of these results, check out the video at the top, but here is the synopsys.

If you plan on playing high end games with this chip, expect to have to drop the resolution and quality, since at 1080p, BF4, Grid2 and Bioshock all just about ran on medium to low settings. Bioshock had a serious texture pop, which wasn’t pretty – but could be fixed by faster RAM. Crysis 3 was un-playable and unigine even on lowest settings was pretty stuttery..

To talk about the CPU only tests, this quad core did pretty well, with a cinebench score of 296 and the open GL score of 38 fps. This is pretty reasonable, and feel free to run cinebench on your machines and leave your score in the comments below! For our compression test, we used a 13GB Bru-Ray rip (the same Matrix file we used for our handbrake test!) and compressed it using stock settings with 7zip into a .7z file. This took 54 minutes, which isn’t too bad – even if the file didn’t compress at all… After that we ran the Handbrake test, converting the 13GB file into a MP4, which took a little less than real time, at around 74 minutes. That is alright, but of course chips like Intel’s i7-5960X would monster through it a bit faster.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome chip for the size, and it is definitely worth the money if you are looking for a light gaming machine! It gets the Budget Buster Award!

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