AMD debuts first three Kaveri desktop APUs

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 14 2014 @ 19:51 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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It took a lot longer than anticipated but today AMD finally announces its first three Kaveri desktop APUs. The first reviews reveal Kaveri offers very decent graphics performance, the A8-7600 enables you to play Battlefield 4 at 1080 with medium details according to The Tech Report. These chips are great for casual gaming but in terms of CPU performance they leave a lot to be desired, the Intel Core i3-4330 beats the A8-7600 in most non-gaming tests.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched the 2014 AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), the most advanced and developer friendly performance APUs from AMD to date. The AMD A-Series APUs with AMD Radeon™ R7 graphics, codenamed “Kaveri”, are designed with industry-changing new features that deliver superior compute and heart-pounding gaming performance.

New and improved features of the AMD A-Series APUs include:
  • Up to 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU and 8 GPU) unlocking full APU potential;
  • Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, a new intelligent computing architecture that enables the CPU and GPU to work in harmony by seamlessly streamlining right tasks to the most suitable processing element, resulting in performance and efficiency for both consumers and developers;
  • Award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture with powerful AMD Radeon™ R7 Series graphics for performance that commands respect and with support for DirectX 11.2;
  • AMD’s acclaimed Mantle, an API that simplifies game optimizations for programmers and developers to raise gaming performance to unprecedented levels when unlocked;
  • AMD TrueAudio Technology, 32-channel surround audio delivering the best in audio realism and immersion;
  • Support for UltraHD (4K) resolutions and new video post processing enhancements that will make 1080p videos look even better when upscaled on UltraHD-enabled monitor or TV;
  • FM2+ socket compatibility for a unifying infrastructure that works with APUs and CPUs.

    “AMD maintains our technology leadership with the 2014 AMD A-Series APUs, a revolutionary next generation APU that marks a new era of computing,” said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. “With world-class graphics and compute technology on a single chip, the AMD A-Series APU is an effective and efficient solution for our customers and enable industry-leading computing experiences.”

    The A10-7850K and A10-7700K APUs will be bundled with EA’s Battlefield 4, to bring a first-in-class APU gaming experience.
  • Specifications:
    Model  AMD A10-7850K with Radeon™ R7 Graphics  AMD A10-7700K with Radeon™ R7 Graphics  AMD A8-7600 with Radeon™ R7 Graphics 
    Price7  $173 USD  $152 USD  $119 USD 
    Power  95W  95W  65W/45W 
    Compute Cores  12  10  10 
    CPU Cores 
    GPU Cores1 
    Max Turbo Core  4.0GHz  3.8GHz  3.8/3.3GHz 
    Default CPU Frequency  3.7GHz  3.4GHz  3.3/3.1GHz 
    GPU Frequency  720MHz  720MHz  720MHz 
    L2 Cache  4MB  4MB  4MB 

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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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