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AMD has a stellar, e-Sports focused APU on the way

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DirectX 12 is making integrated graphics matter again. The inclusion of features like Multiadapter will let you use the otherwise wasted power of silicon with your discrete graphics cards – which means AMD’s APUs are being given good treatment yet again. AMD is already making statements though, with their new APU packing a hell of a punch for the buck.

Directly positioned for the e-Sports crowd, AMD has revealed their A10-7870K – a quad-core processor with the on-board graphics potential of a 7870. The APU features 8 GPU cores running at 866MHz each, while also being ready for Windows 10 and the upcoming DirectX 12 API. The CPU side of things also sees a bump to 3.9GHZ, with a boost to 4.1GHz (a 200MHz increase over the APU that this is essentially replacing).

But why put an APU inside a desktop instead of a discrete graphics card? Well AMD is really focusing on budget builds here – especially for those who use gaming PCs primarily for online gaming. AMD assures that this APU will flawlessly run games like Counter-Strike: GO, Dota 2, League of Legends and more without the need to splurge unnecessary amounts on a large card. And ringing in at just $129.99, it makes a compelling argument.

Not only that, but the A10-7870K makes a good case for entry-level budget PCs that could be upgraded in the future. DirectX 12 is going to feature Multiadapter – which will combine the processing power of your CPU (or APU) with a discrete GPU. That means that if you pop in a newer, shinier card down the line, you’ll essentially benefit from the 7870 power in the background.

It’s an incredibly great offer – especially since Intel’s own Iris Integrated graphics technology can’t really hold up to it. AMD is struggling to claw back a significant portion of the CPU market, so moves like this could carve out a nice little niche for them. And if it pushes Intel to do the same, well win-win.

The AMD A10-7870K will be out in the USA next week. Expect local availability sometime shortly afterwards.

Last Updated: May 29, 2015

53 Comments

  1. [Mandatory TEAM RED support comment]

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 29, 2015 at 10:06

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 29, 2015 at 10:07

        SIES!

        Although, I prefer merging my railjack round with a purple head more

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 29, 2015 at 10:08

          You know what’s scary? I recognize where on Indar that was taken O_o

          Reply

          • HairyEwok

            May 29, 2015 at 10:09

            It was “indar” space you know.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 10:16

            You! Corner, NOW!
            Bad Ewok!

          • HairyEwok

            May 29, 2015 at 10:18

            Okay T-T

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 12:04

            Fine, out of the corner, you must come

          • Hammersteyn

            May 29, 2015 at 10:18

          • HairyEwok

            May 29, 2015 at 10:21

            Well geographically looking at the map and then at the image one would say it should be in the northern part because of the small canyons?

          • Hammersteyn

            May 29, 2015 at 10:22

            hehe, It’s very close to the southeast corner warpgate.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 10:22

            You sure do like your Indar, don’t you?

            Typical TR scum 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            May 29, 2015 at 10:23

            Fun in the sun. Go play Frozen in your little Elsa costume on Esamir.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 10:25

            Oh just let it go!

          • Hammersteyn

            May 29, 2015 at 10:28

            *Lets go of trigger – Headshot!

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 12:03

            Stop shooting yourself in the head dude

          • Hammersteyn

            May 29, 2015 at 12:04

            That’s what NC said

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 10:16

            HAHA, as do I

            :/

            Although I know the whole of Esamir inside and out, now THAT is a scary thought, considering the size of a continent

      • PoisonedBelial

        May 29, 2015 at 10:08

        Team Red!!

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  2. PoisonedBelial

    May 29, 2015 at 10:06

    Hopefully this will help Team RED pull out of the… erm… red?

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 29, 2015 at 10:06

      Oh you!

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      • PoisonedBelial

        May 29, 2015 at 10:06

        *Innocently bats eyelashes*

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  3. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 29, 2015 at 10:06

    See, now this is what I like about AMD, they think about the consumers! And gaming’s advances.

    Not like those other filthy buggers who just want to make as much money possible

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    • HairyEwok

      May 29, 2015 at 10:10

      Hold up now Team Red is at war with Team Green. Team Blue is just derping about picking their noses.

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    • PoisonedBelial

      May 29, 2015 at 10:12

      The epic battle rages!

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 29, 2015 at 10:13

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 29, 2015 at 10:14

        Isn’t that Rince in the pic. Nr 30?

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        • Thats_how_I_Troll

          May 29, 2015 at 11:36

          (refresh)

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          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 11:39

            Hee-hee-hee…

      • Pariah

        May 29, 2015 at 10:14

        Wow, Rince looks better as a teenager O_o

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        • Trevor Matrix

          May 29, 2015 at 10:29

          Just love the way NR 8 is trying to edge away from him. Also that slightly worried look…

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      • PoisonedBelial

        May 29, 2015 at 10:14

        Why in the shit would a wild ginger appear in green?
        (This ginger wears black constantly, like a ninja carrot)

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        • HairyEwok

          May 29, 2015 at 10:15

          He’s the trump card. You know steal your soul and such if you don’t purchase the hardware.

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          • PoisonedBelial

            May 29, 2015 at 10:16

            We don’t steal souls…
            Just gf’s and wives 😛 (Coz nobody can resist our ginger allure)

        • Hammersteyn

          May 29, 2015 at 10:18

          Irish?

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          • PoisonedBelial

            May 29, 2015 at 10:20

            No… but my grandfather was an O’Rielly!

            So I consider myself part Irish.
            Speciality – Drunken Monkey style! (well, if I drank that is. I’m a terrible half Irish monster)

          • HairyEwok

            May 29, 2015 at 10:22

            O’Rielly now? XD Ok this is getting out of hand somebody please stop this ewok.

          • PoisonedBelial

            May 29, 2015 at 10:24

            No more speaking about gingers!!!

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 10:47

            They’re all pretty weaselly, now that you mention it. :/

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 29, 2015 at 11:32

      its nice that they try.
      having tried a previous version of their APUs, its alot easier to understand…
      a 3.8ghz quadcore that gets outperformed by a 2.5ghz i3 that costs about the same…

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  4. Pariah

    May 29, 2015 at 10:13

    What’s that old adage? You get what you pay for, was it?

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 29, 2015 at 10:20

      Didn’t people pay for a 4gb 970? 😉

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      • Pariah

        May 29, 2015 at 10:33

        And got more for their money than if they bought an AMD. Despite the controversy. #justsaying.

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  5. HairyEwok

    May 29, 2015 at 10:14

    They don’t say at what resolution and quality those online games will be played at though.

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 29, 2015 at 10:21

      Most likely better than any console

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      • HairyEwok

        May 29, 2015 at 10:23

        #MasterRace #60FPS #1080p?

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  6. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 29, 2015 at 10:21

    Mandatory “Can it Play…” I can’t go through it it, I just can’t!

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    • Trevor Matrix

      May 29, 2015 at 10:31

      Can it Play in Zuma’s Firepool?

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    • Matthew Holliday

      May 29, 2015 at 11:28

      tbh, the simplest answer with this APU is “probably not”
      if the previous iterations are anything to go on.

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    • Thats_how_I_Troll

      May 29, 2015 at 11:41

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  7. Kikmi

    May 29, 2015 at 10:31

    Good on team Red.

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  8. Matthew Holliday

    May 29, 2015 at 11:22

    had the 5800k APU previously, doesnt even compare to the i5 though.
    the price was the only thing it had going for it.
    integrated graphics werent exactly stellar either.

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  9. MHBGT

    May 30, 2015 at 20:59

    You are going to have to make a correction in your article. There is no way they can package HD7870-level graphics into any APU today. I own an HD7870, its huge.
    According to your linked source: It’s R7-level graphics, not HD7870. Even AMD compares this APU to an i3 CPU +Geforce GT740 GPU.

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