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Old July 31, 2014, 05:00 AM
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AMD's new A10-7800 is a more affordable alternative for those who don't need the multiplier unlocked A10-7850K by offering good x86 processing performance alongside excellent graphics capabilities for about $150.

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Old July 31, 2014, 08:29 AM
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I am debating on building a simple HTPC with this processor but am not sure what to use with it all I need it for is sometimes access's the net but mostly for music and video watching .
Now on the other hand I am wondering what the performance would be like if I added my older ATI HD7700 vid card and hooking up to a 39" LCD tv for simple gaming?
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The internal processor on this APU would be quite close in performance to the HD 7770 so I don't see the use of actually using a power-eating dedicated card.
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ok cool , if I remember correctly the higher speed of ram the better performance in graphics also?
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Old July 31, 2014, 12:49 PM
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Correct though there is a point of diminishing returns. We covered it here: AMD Trinity A10-5800K APU Review
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cool I will check that out
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I was honestly disappointed with the A10-7800's in a sense as I've been running a 6800K in my HTPC since they came out and it's been fantastic for music, movies, and vegging on the couch here and there with a controller gaming on a 720p TV. When I heard the next gen was coming out I thought it might be a reasonable way to give my HTPC an all around boost, but the 7800/7850K for the most part are on par. There's a couple tests where one seems to do better than the other, and the 7800 seems to run about 10w lower power under load, but the improvement doesn't strike me as anything to write home about.

If I were to build this HTPC again tomorrow, I'd probably chose the 6800k over the 7850K and put the 30$ difference toward faster ram. that's my 2c anyway
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Nice review, but meh. To me the only APU that stands out is the A8 7600. In most tests its barely behind the A10, despite the lower amount of GPU cores (I think its likely due to a memory limitation with ddr3). Its quite a bit cheaper and has lower power consumption. Perfect for a budget oriented HTPC IMO. Personally I would switch to the intel side before putting the money out for the new a10. As mentioned before, the 6xxx APU are pretty much on par, but were cheaper.
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The A10-7800 is configurable to run at 45W. Is there a reason why there are no benchmarks at that TDP? Would've been great to see how well a mini ~45w system would perform.
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We will get to that in the future review but right now, for some reason, the configurable TDP didn't work on the ASRock and ASUS boards I was using. Still worked for the 7600 though, which is odd.
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