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AMD Unveils Elite A-Series APUs With Enhanced Performance, Improved Efficiency 102

MojoKid writes "AMD has just announced a new family of Elite A-Series APUs for mobile applications, based on the architecture codenamed 'Richland.' These new APUs build upon last year's 'Trinity' architecture, by improving graphics and compute performance, enhancing power efficiency through the implementation of a new 'Hybrid Boost' mode which leverages on-die thermal sensors, and offering AMD-optimized applications meant to improve the user experience. AMD is unveiling a new visual identity as well, with updated logos and clearer language, in a bid to enhance the brand. At the top of the product stack now is the AMD A10-5750M, a 35 Watt, 3.5GHz quad-core processor with integrated Radeon HD 8650G graphics, 4MB of L2 cache and a DDR3-1866 capable memory interface. The low-end is comprised of dual-cores with Radeon HD 8400G series GPUs and a DDR3-1600 memory interface."
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AMD Unveils Elite A-Series APUs With Enhanced Performance, Improved Efficiency

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  • by Byrel ( 1991884 ) on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @09:08PM (#43155125)

    That qualifies as one of those inventions that make you wonder why it had to be invented... The utility is quite obvious.

    • by gagol ( 583737 )
      It is my understanding Intel uses them since at least C2D... maybe this is a refined version with all the multiple sensors and all...
    • More to the point, they are still playing catch up with Intel by essentially implementing their own version of the latter's Turbo Boost.

  • by johnjones ( 14274 ) on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @09:37PM (#43155339) Homepage Journal

    seriously show me numbers

    also 9.6W for decoding MPEG is pretty horrendous but this is because I'm guessing they have to power the whole of the GPU rather than a simple specialised unit

    where is the benchmark ?


    John Jones

    • by gagol ( 583737 )
      Your specialised unit will not work with the next standard. A software update will work with the GPU. Cant have everything.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Might want to read the table under the barchart.
      9.6W is at the System Level (i.e. whole netbook) while the APU Silicon itself is consuming 2.923W. Rest of the system would be the LCD, SATA HDD, memory, WiFi etc

      Not sure where your MPEG part comes from as they didn't specify the encoding, only play back from HDD.

    • by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @11:40PM (#43156049) Journal

      This was the first benchmark I found.
      Keep in mind this new CPU is for mobile usage.
      http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-A-Series-A10-5750M-Notebook-Processor.87797.0.html [notebookcheck.net]

      First PCMark 7 benchmarks show a performance increase of around 10 percent on the A10-4600M (5750M: 2175 points, 4600M: 1965 points).
      Thus, the A10-5750M would place roughly at the level of a Core i3-2330M (Sandy Bridge).

      Notebook Check is pretty awesome.
      If anyone knows of a better/equal website for laptop hardware, I'd like to know

  • So, 4 cores at 2.5-3.5GHz, 384 shaders, and dual-channel DDR3-1866 RAM at 35W.

    If AMD were to double everything they'd have a really nice 70W desktop chip. Not sure what the die size is for Richland, so a doubled chip might not be cost-effective - though the PS4 APU has 8 cores and 1152 shaders, so it's at least possible.

    • If AMD were to double everything they'd have a really nice 70W desktop chip.

      Or if you were to just buy a Phenom II X6 and a real GPU (preferably not from AMD) then you'd have a much better desktop system. APUs are for portables and nettops.

  • Or does the processor really come with a full-blown jet engine?
  • 35 watts? Really? I have an AMD APU in my HTPC and it pulls 130W. They managed to drop it by over 100?

    • They're releasing the laptop chips first.

      • by dywolf ( 2673597 )

        Ahhh. OK I missed that part. I would love to use a lower power part in my HTPC (would have prefered the slightly more powerful, yet 100W 2nd gen model of APU, but they were out of stock, so I took what I could get at the time, which was the first generation of em)

  • Now I have to remember /another/ goddamn acronym?

The human mind ordinarily operates at only ten percent of its capacity -- the rest is overhead for the operating system.