AMD HAS ADDED a more affordable chip to its A-Series line-up of desktop accelerated processing units (APUs), which the firm said enables more efficient processing in Windows 10 devices.
The A8-7670K APU is touted to combine the energy efficient processing power of a CPU with the graphics power of the firm's Radeon GPU in one package.
This is much like the A10-7870K which AMD added to the Kaveri A-Series line of processors at Computex in May, bringing better performance for the online gaming, or 'e-sports', industry.
Like the new model, the A10-7870K was announced as a single processor delivering up to 48 percent higher frame rates in the most popular online games, as well as three times greater efficiency in DirectX 12 than "competing solutions".
Powered by 10 compute cores, four CPUs running at up to 3.9GHz and six GPUs running at 757MHz, the new offering provides an even cheaper choice while still powering Windows 10 tasks such as video streaming and playing online games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and providing smoother user experiences.
The single processor design means that AMD can keep the price down compared with competing solutions that comprise a CPU and GPU.
"The A8-7670K APU provides the processing and graphics capability that budget conscious mainstream users need today," said AMD.
"The new addition of the AMD A8-7670K APU allows us to deliver more options for discerning mainstream PC buyers, [with the] latest driver and feature support allowing incredible new entry points for impressive gaming technologies such as FreeSync and Virtual Super Resolution."
As with most AMD APUs, the main features of the new chip include Heterogeneous System Architecture, which allows the CPU and GPU to work together in supported applications by quickly and automatically dividing and directing the right tasks to the appropriate cores.
It's this feature that is said to help accelerate Windows 10, such as boosting performance in the new Microsoft Edge web browser with full graphics acceleration for HTML5 and WebGL.
It will also help protect sensitive data with hardware accelerated encryption and decryption when using Microsoft Bitlocker, AMD said.
The A8-7670K APU is available from today at selected e-tailers and participating system vendors for a suggested price of $117.99, about 75 quid. µ
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