For me, as long as there aren't crashes and weird display artifacts (ie. occasional flicker, weird blocks and other visual issues) then the performance/dollar will determine if I go with a <= 65 W Kaveri or Haswell chip in my upcoming mini-ITX PC. Can't wait for the CPU comparison benchmarks with Haswell.
As an owner of A10-5800K with R9 270X, there's no immediate reason for me to jump on A10-7860K now. As it shown in these benchmarks, the improvement of Kaveri over Trinity on CPU side isn't that huge. No surprise.
However, people should be notice that none of these benchmarks touches the true feature highlights of Kaveri: HSA/hUMA.
The time when HSAIL backend shown in LLVM stable release is where power of Kaveri unleashed.
Also, TrueAudio and Mantle are another two highlights for Kaveri, but I doubt they can make their way to Linux world.
I've read somewhere that it's possible to set the TDP for the higher rated APUs too, but AMD only guarantees that it works as expected for the A8-7600 for the time being.
You can see here that in this UEFI Setup there is a mulitplier of 41 set (resulting in 4.1 GHz), so it mast be a "K" Kaveri - either a 7850K or a 7700K. And at least it's possible to set a lower TDP (65W or 45W) value or leave it at default.
Yep, I'm also looking forward to the 65/45W cTDP - and even more so for the mobile - parts!
Yeah that would be cool if it was that way....but i didn't see it in any review of the 2 K versions announced...it would mean:
Disabled (AKA 95W for A10-7850K and A10-7700K)