AMD A8-3870K Black Edition APU review

The makings of a low-cost gaming media centre

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As expected, even with a 100MHz increase over the older AMD A8-3850, at stock speeds the A8-3870K doesn't distinguish itself fully against the Core i3.

Put the two chips head to head solus and it has the edge, but if you're using external graphics the Core i3 still pulls away in any game that's not massively multithreaded (Shogun 2, tellingly, is).

And what of the overclocking? It's actually a bit disappointing really. At the speeds we achieved using fairly basic equipment, the difference is often not enough to be worth even trying.

DirectX 11 gaming performance

AMD a8 3870k benchmarks

DirectX 11 tessellation performance

AMD a8 3870k benchmarks

CPU rendering performance

AMD a8 3870k benchmarks

CPU video encode performance

AMD a8 3870k benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power100 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelHD 6550D
Product FamilyA8
Clock Speed3 GHz
Processor SocketSocket FM1
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification72.7°C
Width40 mm
Depth40 mm
L2 Cache4 MB
Product SeriesA8
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product ModelA8-3870
Product NameQuad-core A8-3870 3GHz Desktop Processor
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberAD3870WNGXBOX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amd.com
Marketing Information

AMD's Accelerated Processing Units (APU) combine a multi-core CPU and discrete-level GPU on a single power-efficient chip enabling vivid HD entertainment, blazing-fast Internet browsing and accelerated media applications.

With desktop PCs based on VISION Technology you can enjoy rich, smooth performance in a quiet-running, energy-efficient system. Experience smooth, skip-free HD playback and discover impressive speed and performance in everyday applications.

Process Technology32 nm
Package Contents
  • Quad-core A8-3870 3GHz Desktop Processor
  • AMD-qualified Heatsink/Fan with Thermal Interface
  • Installation Manual
  • Case Sticker
  • Certificate of Authenticity
Limited Warranty3 Year