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AMD working on Trinity-based Athlon X4 processors

Posted on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 15:37:47 CEST by

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AMD's Trinity APU will soon make an appearance in the company's Athlon X4 lineup. A leak by motherboard maker Gigabyte reveals that the chip designer plans to recycle Trinity APUs with defective integrated graphics, these chips will have 1MB L2 cache per core and will have the FM2 socket.
A slip at Gigabyte's web division - since corrected - saw a compatibility list for the company's GA-F2A75M-D3H motherboard, an FM2 socket featuring AMD's A75 chipset, uploaded to a public-facing portion of the site. Alongside the usual A10, A8, A6 and A4 APU models, three surprise entries made an appearance in the list: Trinity-based Athlon X4s.

All featuring a 1MB x 4 L2 cache layout, the Trinity-based Athlons appear to be constructed from APU parts where the graphics processor portion didn't make the grade. As a result, they have no on-board graphics capabilities at all - meaning they're not strictly speaking APUs, despite being built from the same Trinity cores as the A-series parts.
The lineup will include the 2.8GHz Athlon X4 730, the 3.2GHz Athlon X4 740, and the 3.4GHz Athlon X4 750K with unlocked multiplier. The latter one has a 100W TDP, while the first two models have a 65W TDP.



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