CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 860K vs 7870K among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

9.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD A10 7870K 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD A10 7870K  based on its performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Athlon X4 860K

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon X4 860K

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Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,593 vs 1,545 Around 5% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better performance per watt 9.8 pt/W vs 4.44 pt/W Around 2.2x better performance per watt
Much better performance per dollar 14.32 pt/$ vs 3.87 pt/$ Around 3.8x better performance per dollar
Much better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 4,146 vs 4,051 Almost the same
Front view of AMD A10 7870K

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Much higher clock speed 3.9 GHz vs 3.7 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 4.1 GHz vs 4 GHz Almost the same
Much better PassMark score 5,502 vs 5,487 Almost the same
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.68 GHz vs 4.37 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better cinebench r10 32Bit score 14,484 vs 14,083 Around 5% better cinebench r10 32Bit score
Newer May, 2015 vs Aug, 2014 Release date 9 months later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.46 GHz vs 4.45 GHz Almost the same

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon X4 860K vs A10 7870K

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

A10 7870K
14,484

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon X4 860K  vs
A10 7870K 
Clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.9 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4 GHz 4.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-2133
DDR3-1866
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 29,866.66 MB/s 34,133.32 MB/s

details

Athlon X4 860K  vs
A10 7870K 
L2 cache 4 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.37 GHz 4.68 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.45 GHz 4.46 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.37 GHz 4.68 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label AMD Radeon APUs GPU part factory disabled AMD Radeon R7 (8 CUs)

power consumption

TDP 95W 95W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 9.8 pt/W 4.44 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 77.19W
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