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Introduction

AMD has maintained, for some time, two main families of processors: the FX models, with no integrated video and using AM3+ socket, and the A-series processors (A.K.A. APUs,) with integrated video and using FM2+ socket. Recently, however, AMD announced new processors that use the FM2+ socket with no integrated GPU, using the brand Athlon. One of them is the Athlon X4 880K, which we are testing today. But is it a good buy? Let’s check!

The Athlon X4 880K uses the classic name that, some years ago, was used by the high-end CPUs from AMD, but that has been used recently by the entry-level models like the Athlon 5150, which uses AM1 socket.

The new Athlon X4 880K is the most high-end of the new CPUs with “Athlon” brand. It is actually an A10 processor with the integrated GPU (iGPU) disabled. It has almost the same characteristics of the A10-7870K (which we tested recently), but its clock is a little higher (4.2 GHz maximum clock vs. 4.1 GHz of the A10-7870K) and, obviously, without the iGPU that is a trademark of the A10. It is also based on the “Godavari” core.

Therefore, the Athlon X4 880K is aimed on value/mainstream workstations or gamer computers with a “real” video card.

In terms of price, the Athlon X4 880K is a direct competitor of the Pentium G4500 from Intel. In our test, however, we used the Pentium G4400, which is the closest match we had at our lab. The main difference between the G4500 and the G4400 is the integrated GPU, besides the 3.3 GHz clock of the G4400, while the G4500 has a clock of 3.5 GHz. As the Athlon X4 880K has no integrated video, we will also disable the integrated GPU on the Pentium G4400.

We also included the A10-7870K in this comparison, to check if its performance with disabled iGPU is close to the Athlon X4 880K. In theory, the Athlon X4 880K should be a little faster than the A10-7870K, because of the 100 MHz higher clock. Let’s se if it is true in real-world tests.

In our tests, we used a GeForce GTX 950 video card from Gigabyte, since there is no sense in using a low-end or high-end VGA paired with a value/mainstream processor like the Athlon X4 880K.

Figure 1 reveals the Athlon X4 880K we used on our tests.

Athlon X4 880K ReviewFigure 1: the Athlon X4 880K processor

Figure 2 shows the bottom of the CPU.

Athlon X4 880K ReviewFigure 2: bottom side of the Athlon X4 880K

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

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