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AMD finally releases Kaveri A-Series APUs with 12 compute cores for better desktop gaming

Brings a higher level of gaming and compute experiences to the desktop PC
Thu Jul 31 2014, 16:30
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AMD HAS FINALLY made available its fourth generation Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) today for the system builder and do it yourself (DIY) market.

The A10-7800 is AMD's fourth generation A-Series APU, previously codenamed Kaveri, focused on improving gaming experiences for PC users and boasts 12 compute cores, comprising of four CPUs and eight GPUs to "unlock the APU potential with Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features", the firm claims.

The APU features AMD's heterogeneous system architecture (HSA), a system of shared memory and heterogeneous queuing that allows both the CPU and GPU to create and dispatch work independently and efficiently, Kaveri is touted by AMD as having up to 12 compute cores: four CPU cores and eight AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) compute units, all linked via HSA. This means that the integrated GCN processing hardware can assist the CPUs with compute tasks.

As a result, AMD claims that the APUs deliver "vastly superior performance" over its competition, with no prizes for guessing that refers to Intel's Haswell processors that were launched last autumn.

AMD Kaveri APU

The biggest architectural change for Kaveri is its use of AMD's x86 Steamroller architecture, a multi-threaded architecture focusing on enhancing the Instruction Per Cycle (IPC) rate by up to 20 percent. This is designed to feed the CPU cores faster and improve single core execution.

AMD's new APUs also has support for Ultra HD 4K resolutions and new video post-processing enhancements that make HD 1080p videos look more impressive when upscaled on an Ultra HD-enabled monitor or TV.

AMD corporate VP and GM of the client business unit Bernd Lienhard said that the A-Series APUs are all about bringing a higher level of gaming and compute experiences to the desktop PC.

"AMD's acclaimed Mantle API simplifies game optimisations for programmers and developers to unlock unprecedented levels of gaming performance transforming the world of game development to help bring better, faster games to the PC," Lienhard said.

The A-series APU is also equipped with AMD Quick Stream, AMD Steady Video and AMD Trueaudio technologies to offer users "lifelike audio and video", AMD said.

AMD also announced A8-7600 and AMD A6-7400K APUs today, which the company said are ideal for "consumers looking to upgrade their application and work experience on the PC".

"With the unifying FM2+ infrastructure for AMD APUs, users are enabled to build smaller form factors for gaming and home theatre PC (HTPC) systems," AMD added.

The AMD A-Series APUs are available worldwide from today from online stores, retailers and system integrators. µ


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