Athlon X4 860K CPU by AMD Review

Intro

We tested one more CPU from the socket FM2+ Athlon lineup from AMD: the Athlon X4 860K. Let’s test it and compare it to its main competitors.

At first, all processors for FM2+ platform were “APUs”, which is how AMD calls their CPUs with integrated video. Atfer a while, AMD launched some models without an integrated GPU for this socket, using the Athlon brand, like the Athlon X4 880K and the Athlon X4 845. Today, let’s test another model, the Athlon X4 860K, which has four cores, 3.7 GHz base clock and 4.0 GHz maximum clock.

The main competitor of the Athlon X4 860K is the Pentium G4500, which we tested recently. So, we ran our benchmarks on the Athlon X4 860K and on the Pentium G4500, also including the FX-4300 and the Athlon X4 880K, to see how the X4 860K compares to them.

Figure 1 unveils the box of the Athlon X4 860K we used in our tests.

Athlon X4 860KFigure 1: box of the Athlon X4 860K

Figure 2 shows the box contents: a manual, the CPU itself, a case sticker, and a cooler.

Athlon X4 860KFigure 2: box contents

Figure 3 unveils the Athlon X4 860K CPU.

Athlon X4 860KFigure 3: the Athlon X4 860K CPU

Figure 4 shows the bottom of the CPU.

Athlon X4 860KFigure 4: underside of the Athlon X4 860K

You need to keep in mind the Athlon X4 860K, as well as the FX-4300 and the Athlon X4 880K, doesn’t offer integrated video, so you need to use a “real” video card or a motherboard that offers it.

So, we tested the CPUs with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti video card installed, as a way to check the pure processing performance of each one of the tested CPUs.

Let’s compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs in the next page.

Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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