AMD Athlon X4 880K Gaming CPU Review
AMD has introduced a new line of products that use the FM2 sockets with no integrated GPU by the brand name Athlon. The Athlon X4 880K Gaming CPU is the most high-end processor out of the new brand of “Athlon”. It is an A10 processor with the integrated GPU (iGPU) disabled. This lowers validation cost while offering effectively equivalent CPU performance. The processor’s clock is higher as compared to A10-7870K at 4.1GHz clocks. This processor is also based on the “Godavari” core. Thus the processor is aimed at mainstream workstations or gamer computers with video cards.
This processor seems to be the apt one for those who are budget conscious and want good quad-core performance. One important feature worth talking is the new cooling solution that AMD Athlon X4 880K comes with. It consists of four heat pipes which come in contact with a copper base and arch up towards an aluminium fin array for optimal heat dissipation. Thermal dissipation is rated at 125W which means there’s some thermal headroom if you want to overclock this 95W processor. While the design isn’t exclusive, it definitely doesn’t have the illuminated shroud. It is important to provide excellent cooling services with their processors because people do not want to buy a third party cooling device along with a processor. It also has a near silent 125-watt thermal solution. It is a quite affordable processor for gaming at 1080p. The X4-880K has four cores and is, therefore, capable of running the newest games. Most modern games require more than two cores so having a quad-core is an advantage.
The four cores are based on 28nm process and are clocked at 4GHz with a boost clock of 4.2GHz. The processor may at times overclock up to even 4.5 GHz and is also rather affordable. This processor is good for those who already own an FM2+ motherboard. This processor has a slightly quieter fan and is, therefore, better than the noisier ones. The K in the product name indicates that it is unlocked and this lets you increase the performance with great ease. It achieves a Cinebench score of 367 which shows a 10-25% increase in performance depending on the benchmark. Apart from this, it is important to pay attention to temperatures and voltages. This chip is easily the best one for those who want to use a dedicated graphics card as well.