AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU Processor Review

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There’s not really much to photograph on a processor. The AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU needs a new socket on the motherboard, the FM2+. However, fear not those who have older APUs will be able to use the FM2 processors in the FM2+ motherboard. AMD, unlike Intel, has pins on the CPU rather than the motherboard socket.

Stream Processors

Up to 512

Core ClockUp to 3.7/4.0GHz
Graphics ClockUp to 720MHz
Memory SupportUp to 2400MHz w/ AMP
Typical TDP45W, 65W, 95W Customizable via Configurable TDP
Chipset CompatibilityA88X, A78, A55
HSA Heterogeneous ComputingYes
AMD TrueAudio TechnologyYes
API SupportDirectX® 11.2Mantle


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Internally here’s what the CPU would look like. As you can see the AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU contains two dual core Steamroller x86 modules. The Radeon R7, with its 8 GNC-based GPU cores takes up the most space on the CPU die.

For our AMD Dual graphics testing, the folks over at AMD sent us out a MSI R7 250 2GD3 OC video card.

AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU

The MSI R7 250 is a budget card and can currently be found at retailers for about $80.00. The idea is to combine the integrated GPU on the AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU with the external GPU and enable CrossfireX.

Graphics EngineAMD Radeon R7 250
Bus StandardPCI Express x16 3.0
Memory TypeDDR3
Memory Size(MB)2048
Memory Interface128 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz)1050, Boost Clock: 1100
Memory Clock Speed(MHz)1800
DVI Output1 (Single-link DVI-D)
D-SUB Output1
HDMI-Output1  (version 1.4a)
HDCP SupportY
HDMI SupportY
Display Output (Max Resolution)2560×1600
DirectX Version Support11.2
OpenGL Version Support4.3
CrossFire SupportY(Software Support)
Card Dimension(mm)108x111x35mm


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The MSI R7 250 is a short card which, makes it perfect for small form factor cases such as a mini ATX or ITX systems. This card doesn’t require PCIE power connectors so lower wattage power supplies are also an option.

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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day, such as cutting a side window or two.

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