Over the past couple of years, AMD has slowly released their mainstream brand of Kaveri processors. In turn, we have reviewed them, and they consistently aim to provide a midrange integrated gaming option, especially for those on a budget. The recent release of the A8-7670K was perhaps not that exciting, as AMD is filling up their product stack with new parts, taking advantage of an improved manufacturing process and aggressive binning. To that end, we're taking a different tack with this review. Alongside the regular tests, we also corralled Rocket League (an amazingly simple yet popular take on car football/soccer that sits on the precipice of e-sports glory) into a benchmark aimed at those sub-$600 gaming systems.

The AMD A8-7670K

Earlier this year, AMD announced their new line of Kaveri Refresh processors, starting with the A10-7870K (which we reviewed here). As the name suggests, these are Kaveri processors at their core, still based on the combination of Steamroller processor cores and 2nd generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) microarchitecture for graphics. These new refresh models are designed to take advantage of minor improvements in manufacturing, resulting in the ability to get higher clock speed for the same power consumption, even 18 months after the first Kaveri processors hit the scene. As a result, these Refresh processors — or, to use AMD's internal code name, "Godavari" — fill in the blank spots in the product stack and supersede the older parts, with the aim of squeezing in more frequency and performance for the same power consumption. It sounds deceptively simple — improve your process, refresh the part at the same price, and reap the benefits.

If we look at AMD's current lineup, we see that this new A8-7670K surpasses the older A10-7700K on the specification sheet, and comes in cheaper when brand-new.

AMD Kaveri Lineup
  A10-
7870K
A10-
7850K
A10-
7800
A10-
7700K
A8-
7670K
A8-
7650K
A8-
7600
 X4
860K
Price $137 $134 $131 $120 $118 $104 $89 $85
Modules 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Threads 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Core Freq. (GHz) 3.9-4.1 3.7-4.0 3.5-3.9 3.4-3.8 3.6-3.9 3.3-3.8 3.1-3.8 3.7-4.0
Compute Units 4+8 4+8 4+8 4+6 4+6 4+6 4+6 4+0
Streaming
Processors
512 512 512 384 384 384 384 N/A
IGP Freq. (MHz) 866 720 720 720 754 720 720 N/A
TDP 95W 95W 65W 95W 95W 95W 65W 95W
DRAM
Frequency
2133 2133 2133 2133 2133 2133 2133 1866
L2 Cache 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB
 

As it stands, the A8-7670K is a dual-module 3.6 GHz base frequency processor with a boost frequency up to 3.9 GHz. It comes with six graphics compute units, which translates to 384 streaming processors, similar to other A8 parts, but at a slightly higher IGP frequency of 754 MHz. The combined increase in processor and integrated graphics frequencies come at no extra cost in thermal design, with the A8-7670K at the same 95W TDP.

One of AMD's marketing strategies with these ~$100 processors is the price/performance angle. Aside from the integrated graphics, each of the AMD processors can pair with an R7 240 or R7 250 graphics card (DDR3 or GDDR5; AMD suggests an R7 250 GDDR5, as you might expect) in a hybrid dual graphics scenario, boosting performance. Thus, for the same price as an APU and an R7 250 graphics card, on average, AMD aims to offer a better gaming experience — especially for games that run at around 60 frames per second on medium settings — than a similarly priced Intel + NVIDIA platform. We've seen this marketing spiel corroborated in previous reviews, and would expect not to see anything different here. At launch, AMD put a $118 price on the A8-7670K, which, in recent sales, has been pushed down to under $100 at times.

The A8-7670K is an FM2+ socket processor, and thus requires either an A88X, A85X, A78 or A68 motherboard to go with it in order to take full advantage. As part of the launch, and given that this processor is a slightly boosted A8-7650K, AMD sees value in pairing it with something like a $50 A68H motherboard, making an APU+MB combination around $150 when on sale. However, as one might imagine, due to the age of the FM2/FM2+ socket, there are relatively few "new" motherboards on the market. The last one we reviewed was MSI's A88X-G45 Gaming, which brought over some of the components seen on its new Intel gaming motherboards, but other manufacturers have also put out M.2 capable AMD chipset-based motherboards as well.

A8-7670K Power Consumption & Overclocking
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  • Archetype - Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - link

    As far as processors are concerned. AMD needs a few crowd-pleasers again. Although I personally will always appreciate that they push some important boundaries in PC technology - Very often at no gain to themselves since they like to promote open standards - They will need to build up good will through good value and performance - Somewhere between mainstream and enthusiast. Would not hurt to shine a bit in the enthusiast market either. Reply
  • syryquil1 - Thursday, January 17, 2019 - link

    Rip you I guess. Reply
  • silverblue - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    I don't see how it'd be too difficult for AMD to get that 40%; K10 and Bulldozer both had bottlenecks that have since been identified. As for single threaded performance, wouldn't i3 be similar to i7? Reply
  • KAlmquist - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    AMD's target is a 40% IPC improvement over Excavator, not over K10 or Bulldozer. Reply
  • silverblue - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    I know; I was referring to Bulldozer in terms of the architectural family. Excavator may be much improved, but it's still Bulldozer in the end. Reply
  • Flunk - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    No, i3's aren't similar to i7s single-threaded because i7s have more cache and in most cases higher clock speeds (except the U-series where the i3,i5 and i7 distinctions don't really exist). Reply
  • silverblue - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    There ARE highly clocked i3s out there, so a comparison can certainly be made at the same clock speed. Cache will make a difference but not a huge one.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1197?vs=836

    The i3 has a higher base clock, sure, but lacks turbo, which helps propel the i7 to 3.9GHz. I know, it's not a like-for-like comparison, but that i3 can certainly hold its own at gaming and single-threading in general.
    Reply
  • gamervivek - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    For some reason AMD GPUs performance suffers on i3 while is alright with i5. See the single threaded draw call results here, where the i5 can do 60% more draw calls.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2...
    Reply
  • medi03 - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    4 cores vs 2 dude Reply
  • BurntMyBacon - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    @media: "4 cores vs 2 dude"

    In response to the OP which included this statement:

    @gamervivek: "See the single threaded draw call results here, where the i5 can do 60% more draw calls."

    Am I missing something here?
    Reply

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