AMD A6-7470K Review

Entry-level desktop processor released in 2016 with 2 cores and 2 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 4GHz, and a 65W power rating. A6-7470K is based on the Godavari 28nm family and part of the A6 series.
Price 18.7%
Speed 73%
Productivity 48%
Gaming 74%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility FM2+
Integrated Graphics Radeon R5 (on die)
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 13 %
Year 2016 Model
Price 215.7 USD
Number of Cores 2 Cores
Number of Threads 2 Threads
Core Frequency 3.7 GHz
Boost Frequency 4 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.5 GHz
Power Consumption 65 W
Manufacturing Process 28 nm
L3 Cache 0 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 18.7 %
Speed Score 73 %
Productivity Score 48 %
Gaming Score 74 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 59.2 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 29.6 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 14.8 %
Overall Score 33/100

The A6-7470K is one of AMD's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2016 with 2 cores and 2 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 4GHz, and a 65W power rating. The A6-7470K is based on the Godavari 28nm family and is part of the A6 series.

A6-7470K is also the successor of AMD's last gen A6-6420K processor that was based on the Piledriver and 32nm process and was released in 2013.

AMD A6 5th Generation, and the Steamroller architecture itself, is notable because it leads 28nm processors to the mainstream for the first time. But, there’s a lot more going on under the hood than just a smaller manufacturing node.

AMD's Steamroller series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

AMD A6 5 Generation is finally here, and the AMD A6-7470K might just be the poster child for what this generation of processors has in store for consumers. Sure, it might have stuck with the 2-core, 2-thread setup, which it inherited from its predecessor, the A6-6420K. However, with the new 28nm manufacturing process, it delivers a far better performance at lower power consumption.

This decision to 28nm has brought a beefy 15% boost to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Effectively, compared to a A6 4-Generation processor at the same clock speed, you will get a straight 15% increase in performance. That’s not big enough to be evident in day-to-day workloads, but it does still mean something.

The AMD A6-7470K is another impressive release from AMD and its 5 Generation of A6 chips. With it, you’re getting 2-cores and 2-threads, with a boost clock of 4GHz. It may not be the strongest contender ever made on paper, but when you see and feel the actual performance gains it offers, you’re certainly getting a lot of bang for your $215.7 buck.

We stand by that assessment, but that won't escape us from running a few up to date benchmarks. We'll focus on gaming performance which should make life a little easier for Intel's CPU. For application performance you can refer back to our day-one coverage of the Core i3-7350K where the A6-6420K was included. You can safely bet the 2.5% factory overclock isn’t going to make the A6-7470K any more than about 1-2% faster than those figures.

Moving beyond games, it’s an easy win for the Core i3-7350K. The Core i3 upgrade path on B150, B250, B360, B365, C232, C236, C246, H110, H170, H270, H310, H370, Q170, Q270, Q370, Z170, Z270, Z370, Z390 motherboards, all support upcoming Kaby Lake-S processors. So if you buy a nice B150, B250, B360, B365, C232, C236, C246, H110, H170, H270, H310, H370, Q170, Q270, Q370, Z170, Z270, Z370, Z390 board now with the Core i3-7350K, you’ll be able to slap a Godavari processor on there later in the year, or whenever you deem it necessary.

The AMD A6-7470K seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $215.7 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Core i3-7350K 2-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel HD Graphics 630 graphics ($179 shipped).

Bottom Line, the AMD A6-7470K does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 5 Gen Core Godavari processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

The A6-7470K clocks up to 4Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.1GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent entry-level chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade A75, A78, A88X motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream A6 CPUs, AMD's attack on Intel now extends down into the entry-level with its A6-7470K processors, which the company is making available as of May 2016.

AMD arms A6-7470K with a 3.7 GHz base frequency that jumps as high as 4 GHz under lightly-threaded tasks. The A6-7470K also offers a 3.7 GHz clock rate with all cores active. Meanwhile, Intel keeps its Core i3-7350K operating at a static 4.2 GHz clock rate.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD A6-7470K

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD A6-7470K.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $32.5 77 FPS
101.2 FPS
73.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $17.3 74.9 FPS
98.6 FPS
71.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $10.3 68 FPS
88.5 FPS
64 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $46 65.2 FPS
85.7 FPS
63.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $10.9 64.3 FPS
82.8 FPS
59.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $12.6 60.2 FPS
79 FPS
57.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $8.3 59.9 FPS
76.3 FPS
55 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $20.3 59.1 FPS
76.3 FPS
56.3 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $11.8 59.1 FPS
75.7 FPS
53.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $6.9 57.5 FPS
73.7 FPS
52.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $8.8 56.8 FPS
71.3 FPS
52.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $7.4 53.7 FPS
66.3 FPS
47.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $6.6 52.7 FPS
67.6 FPS
47.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $9.7 51.2 FPS
64.6 FPS
45.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $6.9 50.5 FPS
61 FPS
43 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $5.6 49.7 FPS
63.2 FPS
44.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $31.2 48 FPS
59.7 FPS
45.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $10.4 47.8 FPS
61.3 FPS
43.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $8.6 47.4 FPS
59.8 FPS
42.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $21.7 46.1 FPS
57.5 FPS
40.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $6.2 45.1 FPS
56.9 FPS
40.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $8.9 44.8 FPS
57.3 FPS
40.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $9.1 43.7 FPS
54.6 FPS
38.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $5.4 42.5 FPS
53.7 FPS
38.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $16.2 40.1 FPS
50.4 FPS
35.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $5.5 40 FPS
50.5 FPS
35.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $7.3 38 FPS
46.5 FPS
32.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $17.8 36.4 FPS
47.9 FPS
34.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $4.6 34.9 FPS
43.9 FPS
31.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $5.8 34.5 FPS
42.3 FPS
29.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $16 34.4 FPS
42.7 FPS
30.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $6.8 33.7 FPS
41.2 FPS
28.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $19.6 33.1 FPS
42.8 FPS
31 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $31.1 32.1 FPS
39.6 FPS
29.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $17.5 31.3 FPS
40.3 FPS
28.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $8.1 31.2 FPS
38.6 FPS
27.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $5.5 31 FPS
38 FPS
26.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $14.3 30.1 FPS
38.6 FPS
27.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $5.7 29.6 FPS
36.7 FPS
26 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $11.3 29.1 FPS
35.7 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $14.1 28.3 FPS
36 FPS
26.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $11.7 28.2 FPS
35.3 FPS
23.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $6.1 27.8 FPS
34.8 FPS
24.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $5.6 26.6 FPS
33.2 FPS
23.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $7.2 24.8 FPS
31.2 FPS
22.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $11 20.9 FPS
26 FPS
18.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $13.3 18.7 FPS
23.4 FPS
15.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $10.7 18.6 FPS
23.2 FPS
15.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $9.2 18.3 FPS
22.9 FPS
16.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $15.4 18.1 FPS
22.8 FPS
15.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $11.1 17.9 FPS
22.2 FPS
15.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $10.8 15.6 FPS
19.3 FPS
13.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $6.9 14.4 FPS
17.7 FPS
12.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $11.3 14.1 FPS
17.3 FPS
12.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $10.7 13.9 FPS
16.3 FPS
11.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $10.8 13.8 FPS
15.7 FPS
11.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $11 12.7 FPS
15.6 FPS
11 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $12.1 12.3 FPS
13.5 FPS
9.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $7.8 10.1 FPS
12.4 FPS
8.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $8.2 9.6 FPS
11.8 FPS

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svn_sns June 16, 2020

I will buy this stuff, it is good? Help

• Mother MSI A68HM-E33 V2 AMD FM2+ HDMI M-ATX

• Procesador AMD A6 7470K 4.0GHz Turbo FM2+

• Cooler CPU ID-Cooling SE-802 • Ram Team DDR3 4GB 1600MHz Elite+ Black • Asrock RX 570 4GB Phantom Gaming D • Memory Seagate 1TB Barracuda 64MB SATA 6GB/s

• The box where everything goes (? Sentey K20 Lite + 4 Coolers RGB • the battery Sentey SDP550-SS 550W Solid Power 80 Plus

Im very new to pc building and i wanted to know if this stuff was good and if this stuff would work fine!

69carpfish June 26, 2020

Will it work? Yes

Will it work well? Probably not

svn_sns June 08, 2020

Its okay to me if it works, is probably way more new than what I have now lol

Cookiemonster6691 August 25, 2017

Need help with PC

So after many years of playing consoles and then seeing the difference in gaming on a Pc i decided to pull the trigger today and buy the parts and build my own Pc! Well after everything was put together I was happy but... the boot screen that shows up on screen is all warped and looks really bad.

IM not sure what I did wrong also to note I cant afford a Windows Os or anything but i am still trying to install the drivers and everything else but im having trouble with everything! I dont know what im doing to be honest and i would love it if somebody can help please.

I got an A6-7470k with Crucial ddr3 1600m 4gb,WD 500gb Hdd , MSI A68HM motherboard, TT smart 500w 80+ power supply, asus 24x oem DVD drive, all in a zalman z1 neo atx mid tower case.

I would love it if someone could please help thank you.

Dioxian August 16, 2017

Can you post a photograph of what is displaying on the screen? Sounds like you're in the Bios. The screen resolution will likely be messed up due to not having windows or drivers installed. Do you have any OS at all yet?

Cookiemonster6691 August 16, 2017

No i dont have any Os installed and cant afford one right now TBH but I will post a pic.

Cookiemonster6691 August 25, 2017

My pc

Santiago_S August 13, 2017

I am confused right now...your trying to load drivers and all to what excatly? without an OS you kinda cant do that. At least i dont think so. Sure you could get to the mobo bios but thats all.

Cookiemonster6691 August 31, 2017

Im trying to fix the problem that is in the picture I commented.

de_pr1 August 25, 2017

Best bet is to do some basic troubleshooting. Try hooking your screen up to a different computer, then hook your MOBO up to a different screen. If you have a second compatible GPU lying around test that, or try another PCIE port on ur MOBO.

If the problem won't go away then at least you can narrow it down to a part so you can get it sent back.

Cookiemonster6691 August 10, 2017

as i said in the other comments this is my first build so i dont have any extra parts laying around lol the GPU i have was gifted to me by a fellow PCMR and i only have an HDMI cable at the moment and the cable seems to work with everything else i plug it in with except the PC.

Cookiemonster6691 August 22, 2017

I need help with GPU.

Hi Guys Goodmorning i recently posted about my first ever PC build that i had a problem with connecting. It turned out my GPU that i was gifted over a year ago didnt work as intended and therefore i had to take it out of the build. I finally got an OS on it and it is running fine.

My question today is in the next coming months i want to save for a GPU and i was wondering what is the best GPU i can put in my build with these components?

AMD A6-7470k, crucial ddr3 1600mhz 4gb, MSI A68hm Motherboard,WD 500gb HDD, TTsmart 500w 80+ power supply, Asus 24x Oem dvdr.

Any and all help would be great thank you very much in advance =)

Bendillious August 31, 2017

Maybe get something like GTX 1050 or 1060. RX 480 also might be a good choice if you prefer AMD.

Cookiemonster6691 August 13, 2017

ok i will look into those i just dont want to get one and then put it in just to have something else break that i wont know how to fix lol.


Nukegod August 11, 2019

Code 43 (desperately need help)

8gb ram (I think it's ddr5) AMD A-6 7470k Zotac nvidia 750Ti 2gb Win 10

So I have been offline for around 2-3 months, I moved into a hostel with no wifi. I then use my phone to download files for games and such. It was working fine until one day when I woke up, code 43 unknown usb device, device descriptor failed. I knew it was gonna be hard to FiX

So I just tried as many methods as I could over the month which I will put at the end. None of them worked. So I tried to contact microsoft yesterday, he said install a driver, didn't work. So I went back to chat to someone else, network troubleshooting links??? Wtf where microsoft think when they hired him. I still don't have internet but luckily a first utilities engineer is coming out on Friday. WOOOOOOOOOOOOO hooray finnaly, broadband. I spoke to someone else from Microsoft today, half an hour later, sorry but you will need a plan so that we can take control of your machine and fix the issue as it is more complex than usual.FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU... I was using a faulty cable the day before it broke and after I transfered my files, I pulled it out. I'm stuck trying to FiX this.

Methods I tried: Pulling the power cord, turning it on and plugging the device in,

Swapping the usb ports,

Swapping the cable,

Uninstaling the device and scanning for hardware changes or plugging it back in the port,

Troubleshooting (couldn't identify the issue)

Restarting the pc,

Turning ofF fast boot

Driver easy (it wouldn't update the composite device driver thing but it's out of date)

Think that's everything

Nope, I updated windows when I used hotspot one night, updated my phone and probably everything I could do,

Now I'm depressed and stuck in a pathetically small physiological hole and it's phscycoticaly damaging to my mental health so if anybody can help fix this problem, please help?

tsmeagain August 15, 2019

Just did a quick search, maybe you should try this trick: YouTubeVideoCode43

tsmeagain August 14, 2019

Then maybe you should try it with the other devices which have a "Root Hub" or just "Hub" in the desciption. Sometimes they're vendor labeled, mine is named "ASMedia USB Root Hub" for instance.

Potato_Plays844 August 13, 2019

Hey just wanted to tell you that it’s ddr3 not ddr5 ddr5 hasn’t even come out yet

Nufflee August 10, 2019

DDR5? holy shit you must be a time traveler - pls get your basic terminology right before troubleshooting a pc lol

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A6-7470K processor released by AMD. The processor is designed for desktop-computers. CPU is unlocked for overclocking. Total number of cores - 2. Maximum CPU clock speed - 4 GHz. Maximum operating temperature - 71.30°C. Manufacturing process technology - 28 nm. Cache size: L1 - 256 KB, L2 - 1 MB. Supported socket types: FM2+.
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NuKe G0D May 07, 2020
AMD A10 7890K
So I bought a really budget pc bundle for my first pc a while back and I am now at the stage where it requires an upgrade. I don't have the money or skills necessary to upgrade my mobo, so I am limited with cpu variety. I have an fm2+ socket. I have a 7470k currently, and my graphics card broke, so that pushed me to think about an upgrade. I was looking for 7890k's to replace my current cpu but I can't seem to find a new one available to purchase anywhere on the Internet! I can't compromise with a 7850k or the such because this cpu needs to have adequate speed to last a few years. My budget is kind of limited and I am completely stuck here. What cpu should I get!?!
Seaweed Monster June 07, 2014
@NuKe G0D

Overall, I would recommend just sticking with what you got for the time being. Any CPU upgrade isn't going to bring you the performance upgrade you are looking for i.e. ability to record, stream and game comfortably for a few years.

I'd suggest looking into building your own PC. CaryHolzman on YouTube is a great starting point if you want to learn, I cannot praise him enough.

Then, perhaps look at building a PC with something like a Ryzen 5 2600 with a pretty decent AM4 motherboard (you can pick a good one up for around £50-80), as at least then, you will have the pathway to upgrade your CPU later down the line with the AM4 platform. Plus, the performance of a Ryzen 5 2600 (for example) compared to an A10 7890K is huge and you can take advantage of high-speed DDR4 RAM.

With the FM2+ platform your CPU currently runs on, and the one you want to upgrade too (AMD A10 7890K), you are pretty stuck in terms of upgrading further, so you might as well start to think about switching to Ryzen/AM4 platform.