The Testing

A number of factors about the A8-7670K processor suggest that this is "another release of the same sort of stuff," albeit with increased frequencies. Nevertheless, we put the processor through our regular tests, to see what would happen. Our bench suite this time had one omission and one addition. For whatever reason, Linux Bench refused to run, with Ubuntu 14.04 throwing a hissy fit and not willing to start. I’m not sure if this was a BIOS issue or something more fundamental with the software stack, but it was odd. The addition, as the title of the review alluded to, is a Rocket League benchmark. At this time, we haven’t run it on many systems, but the A8-7670K is the sort of APU that enables games like Rocket League. Rocket League is a good contender for our 2016 CPU/APU benchmark suite on the integrated graphics side of things, and this serves as a good tester in the wild.

All of our regular benchmark results can also be found in our benchmark engine, Bench. Rocket League will be added in the future with the 2016 updates.

Test Setup

Test Setup
Processor AMD A8-7670K 
2 Modules, 4 Threads
3.6 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo)
R7 Integrated Graphics
384 SPs at 756 MHz
Motherboards MSI A88X-G45 Gaming
Cooling Cooler Master Nepton 140XL
Power Supply OCZ 1250W Gold ZX Series
Corsair AX1200i Platinum PSU
Memory G.Skill 2x8 GB DDR3-2133 1.5V
Memory Settings JEDEC
Video Cards ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB
MSI GTX 770 Lightning 2GB (1150/1202 Boost)
ASUS R7 240 2GB
Hard Drive Crucial MX200 1TB
Optical Drive LG GH22NS50
Case Open Test Bed
Operating System Windows 7 64-bit SP1

Many thanks to...

We must thank the following companies for kindly providing hardware for our test bed:

Thank you to AMD for providing us with the R9 290X 4GB GPUs.
Thank you to ASUS for providing us with GTX 980 Strix GPUs and the R7 240 DDR3 GPU.
Thank you to ASRock and ASUS for providing us with some IO testing kit.
Thank you to Cooler Master for providing us with Nepton 140XL CLCs.
Thank you to Corsair for providing us with an AX1200i PSU.
Thank you to Crucial for providing us with MX200 SSDs.
Thank you to G.Skill and Corsair for providing us with memory.
Thank you to MSI for providing us with the GTX 770 Lightning GPUs.
Thank you to OCZ for providing us with PSUs.
Thank you to Rosewill for providing us with PSUs and RK-9100 keyboards.

Load Delta Power Consumption

Power consumption was tested on the system while in a single GTX 770 configuration with a wall meter connected to the OCZ 1250W power supply. This power supply is Gold rated, and as I am in the U.K. on a 230-240 V supply, that leads to ~75% efficiency at greater than 50W, and 90%+ efficiency at 250W, suitable for both idle and multi-GPU loading. This method of power reading allows us to compare the power management of the UEFI and the board to supply components with power under load, and includes typical PSU losses due to efficiency.

Power Consumption Delta: Idle to AVX

The TDP for the A8-7670K is up at 95W, similar to many other AMD processors. However, at load, ours drew only an additional 83W, giving some headroom.

AMD A8-7670K Overclocking

For this review, we even tried our hand at overclocking on the MSI A88X-G45 Gaming motherboard and managed to get 4.6 GHz stable.

Methodology

Our standard overclocking methodology is as follows. We select the automatic overclock options and test for stability with POV-Ray and OCCT to simulate high-end workloads. These stability tests aim to catch any immediate causes for memory or CPU errors.

For manual overclocks, based on the information gathered from previous testing, we start off at a nominal voltage and CPU multiplier, and the multiplier is increased until the stability tests are failed. The CPU voltage is increased gradually until the stability tests are passed, and the process is repeated until the motherboard reduces the multiplier automatically (due to safety protocol) or the CPU temperature reaches a stupidly high level (100º C+, or 212º F). Our test bed is not in a case, which should push overclocks higher with fresher (cooler) air.

Overclock Results

MSI’s motherboard doesn’t allow fixed voltages to be set but prefers to rely on an offset system only. There is a problem here that we are also fighting a DVFS implementation, which will automatically raise the voltage when an overclock is applied, with an end result of stacking the overclock voltage offset on top of the DVFS voltage boost. On our cooling system, the processor passed quite easily up to 4.6 GHz without much issue, but 4.7 GHz produced an instant blue screen when a rendering workload was applied. Hitting 4.6 GHz on a midrange AMD processor is quite good, indicating our sample is some nice silicon, but your mileage might vary.

The AMD A8-7670K Review Office and Web Performance
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  • zeeBomb - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    Go go Rocket APU! Reply
  • jaydee - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    Would be nice to see this compared to the latest Intel offering. Any plans on reviewing Skylake i3/Pentium? I doubt Intel sends out samples of those, but they've been publicly available for a month or so. Reply
  • hojnikb - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    Yep, HD530 is pretty beefy and coupled with ddr4 it would probobly be quite competitive with apus gpu. Reply
  • Valantar - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    You did see the table comparing the A8-7670Ks iGPU with the i5-6600s HD 530, right? It's literally one paragraph up from the comments in the conclusion, if you missed it. To sum things up: the 7670K wins every test outright, with only a few specific 99th percentile numbers not being clear wins. Even with the Intel CPU running DDR4 (although at the same frequency as the DDR3 used). Reply
  • nikaldro - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    You said it yourself : Intel's iGPU was intentionally held back. Reply
  • Valantar - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    Testing both chips at Jedec spec is holding one of them back? Othereise, shouldn't both be tested with OCd memory? Reply
  • hojnikb - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    Thats just one game though... I want to see a full benchmark comparing more games. Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    I'm trying to get a source for the whole stack for testing review. Keep fingers crossed. :) Reply
  • nathanddrews - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    I expected the the Intel HD 530 graphics to perform much worse than the 7670K, despite the CPU processing advantage and extra $100 in price. 9-18% faster average frame rates, but very small gains on 99th percentile. The 530 can be found on CPUs all the way down the stack to the $60 Pentiums. I was expecting something closer to a 50% gap, but I'm probably envisioning 7870K vs Haswell IGP.

    Too bad there's no Carrizo desktop SKU.
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  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    This really looks like it should not of even existed. Look at that lineup how close everything is together. Reply

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