AMD A8-6600K Review

Entry-level Desktop processor released in 2013 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.9GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 100W power rating. A8-6600K is based on the Richland 32nm family and part of the A8 series.
Price 72%
Speed 56%
Productivity 33%
Gaming 68%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility FM2
Integrated Graphics Radeon HD 8570D
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 12 %
Year 2013 Model
Price 142 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 3.9 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.2 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.7 GHz
Power Consumption 100 W
Manufacturing Process 32 nm
L3 Cache 4 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 32 GB
Price-Value Score 72 %
Speed Score 56 %
Productivity Score 33 %
Gaming Score 68 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 60.8 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 30.4 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 15.2 %
Overall Score 31/100

The A8-6600K is one of AMD's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2013 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 3.9GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 100W power rating. The A8-6600K is based on the Richland 32nm family and is part of the A8 series.

A8-6600K is also the successor of AMD's last gen A8-5600K processor that was based on the Piledriver and 32nm process and was released in 2012.

As the higher-priced version of the A8-6500, the A8-6600K has higher base and Boost frequencies of 3.9 and 4.2 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The A8-6500's PPT tops out at 65W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the A8-6600K at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the A8-6500 for roughly equivalent performance to the A8-6600K, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the A8-6500 an Editor's Choice award.

One of the nice things about the AMD A8-6600K processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD A8-6600K up for $142 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD A8-6600K retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 100W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

Our look today at the AMD A8-6600K showed that it is a very capable processor. A 4-core processor sounds like it would be really under-powered these days, but we were pleasantly surprised with a snappy and very capable system. Having just 4 cores had this processor coming in at the back of the pack for heavily threaded workloads, but it performed better than some of its more expensive siblings in lightly threaded workloads where it shined thanks to its high base clocks.

Bottom Line, the AMD A8-6600K does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 4 Gen Core Richland processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, AMD also offers the A8-6500 at $257.09. It’s still outfitted with 4-cores and 4-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.5GHz and maxes out at only 4.1GHz.

The A8-6600K clocks up to 4.2Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.3GHz. 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 A55, A75, A85X motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD A8-6600K

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 A8-6600K.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB $ 1,599 $ 10.3 155.1 FPS
210.7 FPS
162.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 5.5 144.7 FPS
196.7 FPS
151.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB $ 999 $ 7.1 140 FPS
186.7 FPS
131.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB $ 1,199 $ 8.9 134.4 FPS
182.5 FPS
141 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB $ 799 $ 6.2 129.1 FPS
175.3 FPS
135.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB $ 899 $ 7.1 127.3 FPS
169.7 FPS
119.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 12.4 120.8 FPS
158.3 FPS
115 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB $ 1,099 $ 9.5 115.6 FPS
154.3 FPS
108.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB $ 1,999 $ 17.6 113.7 FPS
154.4 FPS
119.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB $ 999 $ 8.8 113.2 FPS
149.3 FPS
106.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB $ 649 $ 6.1 106.6 FPS
140.5 FPS
100.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 7.6 105.3 FPS
140.7 FPS
106.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 6.6 105.3 FPS
138 FPS
100.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB $ 599 $ 5.9 101.7 FPS
134.6 FPS
102.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 10GB $ 599 $ 6.6 90.3 FPS
119.3 FPS
88.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB $ 579 $ 6.9 84.5 FPS
111.3 FPS
79.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 6.2 80.5 FPS
105.6 FPS
76.7 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 33.8 74 FPS
100.1 FPS
73.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 18 72 FPS
97.4 FPS
71.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB $ 479 $ 6.7 71.1 FPS
94.3 FPS
66.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB 8GB $ 399 $ 5.7 69.9 FPS
93.8 FPS
70.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB $ 399 $ 6 66 FPS
88.8 FPS
65.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 10.7 65.3 FPS
87.5 FPS
63.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 6.3 63 FPS
84.1 FPS
60.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 47.9 62.6 FPS
84.8 FPS
63.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB $ 299 $ 4.8 62.6 FPS
84.4 FPS
63.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB $ 269 $ 4.3 62.5 FPS
83.5 FPS
59.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 11.3 61.8 FPS
81.9 FPS
59.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB $ 379 $ 6.4 59.1 FPS
78.5 FPS
56.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 13.1 57.9 FPS
78.1 FPS
56.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 8.7 57.5 FPS
75.4 FPS
54.7 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 21.1 56.8 FPS
75.4 FPS
56.1 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 12.3 56.8 FPS
74.9 FPS
53.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 7.2 55.3 FPS
72.8 FPS
52 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 9.2 54.5 FPS
70.5 FPS
51.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 8GB $ 200 $ 3.7 54.5 FPS
72.8 FPS
54.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB $ 329 $ 6.1 54.1 FPS
71.1 FPS
52.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 7.8 51.6 FPS
65.6 FPS
47.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 6.9 50.7 FPS
66.8 FPS
47.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 10.1 49.2 FPS
63.9 FPS
45.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 7.2 48.6 FPS
60.3 FPS
42.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 5.8 47.8 FPS
62.5 FPS
44.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 32.5 46.1 FPS
59 FPS
44.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 10.8 46 FPS
60.6 FPS
43.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 9 45.6 FPS
59.2 FPS
42.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 6GB $ 249 $ 5.6 44.6 FPS
57.5 FPS
41.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 22.6 44.3 FPS
56.8 FPS
40.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 6.4 43.3 FPS
56.3 FPS
40.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 9.3 43.1 FPS
56.7 FPS
40.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 9.5 41.9 FPS
54 FPS
38.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 5.6 40.9 FPS
53.1 FPS
38 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 16.9 38.5 FPS
49.8 FPS
35.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 5.7 38.5 FPS
50 FPS
35.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 7.6 36.5 FPS
46 FPS
32.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 18.5 35 FPS
47.3 FPS
34.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 4.8 33.5 FPS
43.4 FPS
30.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 6 33.2 FPS
41.8 FPS
29.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 16.6 33.1 FPS
42.2 FPS
30.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 7.1 32.4 FPS
40.8 FPS
28.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 20.4 31.8 FPS
42.3 FPS
30.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 32.3 30.9 FPS
39.1 FPS
29.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 18.2 30.1 FPS
39.8 FPS
28.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 8.5 30 FPS
38.1 FPS
27.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 5.7 29.7 FPS
37.6 FPS
26.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 14.8 29 FPS
38.2 FPS
27.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 6 28.5 FPS
36.3 FPS
25.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 11.8 28 FPS
35.3 FPS
26.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 14.7 27.2 FPS
35.6 FPS
26 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 12.2 27 FPS
34.9 FPS
23.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 6.3 26.7 FPS
34.4 FPS
24 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 5.8 25.5 FPS
32.9 FPS
23.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 7.5 23.8 FPS
30.9 FPS
22 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 11.5 20 FPS
25.7 FPS
18.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 13.8 18 FPS
23.1 FPS
15.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 11.1 17.9 FPS
22.9 FPS
15.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 9.6 17.6 FPS
22.7 FPS
16.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 16 17.4 FPS
22.6 FPS
15.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 11.6 17.2 FPS
22 FPS
15.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 11.3 15 FPS
19.1 FPS
13.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 7.1 13.9 FPS
17.5 FPS
12.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 11.7 13.6 FPS
17.1 FPS
12.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 11.2 13.3 FPS
16.1 FPS
11.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 11.3 13.2 FPS
15.5 FPS
11.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 11.5 12.2 FPS
15.5 FPS
10.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 12.6 11.8 FPS
13.3 FPS
9.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 8.1 9.7 FPS
12.3 FPS
8.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 8.6 9.2 FPS
11.7 FPS
7.9 FPS
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