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Second generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units

October 02, 2012

AMD, APU

Second generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units

New AMD A-Series Processors bring faster speeds, high core count and AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series Graphics to do-it-yourself PC enthusiasts and gamers.

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2nd Generation AMD A-Series Processors

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced retail and distribution channel availability of its second generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) for desktop, small form-factor and home theater PCs. These new APUs target do-it-yourself (DIY) PC builders, mainstream gamers and value-added resellers who want to upgrade their PC infrastructure with affordable performance, discrete-level graphics, multiple cores and fast processing for outstanding responsiveness.

Compared to similarly priced competitive offerings, the new APUs offer more cores, more speed, best-in-class entertainment experiences and an easy upgrade path based on a stable socket infrastructure2. AMD APU users also gain access to the AMD AppZone and a comprehensive list of accelerated applications that leverage the full compute power of the APU. With hardware-accelerated support for DirectX® 11 on AMD Radeon™ graphics and AMD Eyefinity technology delivering a more immersive experience, the AMD A-Series APUs are the ideal solution for systems running the highly-anticipated Microsoft Windows® 8 and today’s Microsoft Windows® 7 operating systems.

“The new AMD A-Series APU is ideal for anyone looking for a new desktop or home theater PC with leading performance for the dollar,” said Leslie Sobon, corporate vice president, Desktop and Component Products, AMD. “The combination of processing speed, multiple compute cores and discrete-level graphic capabilities on the second generation AMD A-Series APU make it an excellent platform for the gamer and PC enthusiast alike.” 

More Cores, More Speed and More Value

The second generation AMD A-Series APU provides higher performance and capabilities over the first generation:

  • More than 700 GFLOPS of compute performance3;
  • Up to 4.2 GHz max frequency;
  • Unlocked Central Processing Unit (CPU) with AMD OverDrive™ software for up to 6.5 GHz of extreme overclocking performance4.

With CPU and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) AMD Turbo Core 3.0 Technology, the second generation AMD A-Series APU performance is improved by allowing frequencies of the GPU and CPU cores to automatically increase. PC users looking for ultimate control tweaking their system can use the AMD OverDrive software application to overclock both the CPU and the GPU, and also increase the memory frequency to deliver a superior gaming experience.

Better Video and Gaming with AMD Radeon Graphics

The second generation AMD A-Series APUs include AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series graphics, providing high-performance discrete-class graphics. These APUs extend AMD’s legacy of gaming leadership with a significant increase in both CPU and GPU performance5 over the previous generation and support for:

  • AMD Eyefinity Technology – The only multi-monitor technology that supports a single-surface Windows 8 experience across up to four monitors. For the first time, this immersive technology is available from an APU without the need for a discrete graphics card;
  • Industry-leading, high-performance DirectX 11 graphics architecture capable of delivering full 1080p gaming for a life-like level of detail;
  • AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics support that delivers a performance boost of up to 75 percent when a discrete graphics card is added to the APU6. The AMD Radeon Dual Graphics option also offers support for DirectX® 9 and 10 for older game titles, and uses new AMD CrossFire™ Application Profiles for easier updates.

Easy Upgrade Path

The second generation desktop AMD A-Series APUs combine AMD’s next-generation “Piledriver” CPU architecture with AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics on the new FM2 motherboard infrastructure to deliver a host of new features and a brilliant visual experience, all on a platform with future upgrade capability.

Three different chipset options are available on motherboards with the FM2 socket, each with a different feature set: AMD A55, A75 and A85X. These chipsets support AMD Memory Profiles which enable graphics memory to run at 1866 MHz, with up to a 266 MHz boost for faster performance.

Industry Support

ASRock: “The new A-Series APUs are a perfect combination of performance and price for PC enthusiasts,” said James Lee, ASRock vice president of Sales and Marketing. “The ASRock FM2 motherboards come with a complete product line supplying those enthusiasts to achieve the highest level of computing. Besides, with ASRock smart X-Boost Technology, overclocking the APU can become a one-button process.

Asus: “Second generation AMD A-Series APUs are ideal for desktop PC builders and mainstream gamers,” said Joe Hsieh, general manager of Asus’ Motherboard Business Unit.  “Our award-winning motherboards outfitted with these leading processors provide customers an immersive experience, easy upgrade path and affordable price.”

ECS: “The performance, price and upgrade options of the second generation AMD A-Series APUs should make these products wildly popular with a wide range of PC enthusiasts who are building a new system or about to upgrade his or her system,” said David Chien, vice president of ECS Channel Business Unit. “We look forward to supplying those enthusiasts with the stability and performance features of our special gold-plated A85F2-A Golden FM2 motherboard.”

GIGABYTE: “With AMD’s second generation APU platform, GIGABYTE is bringing several exclusive technologies to an AMD platform for the first time, including our new Ultra Durable 5 technology and Digital Power delivery,” commented Henry Kao, vice president of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “These technologies help ensure GIGABYTE FM2 series motherboards will get the absolute maximum graphics and processing performance from AMD’s new and exciting A-Series APUs.”

MSI: “Combining second generation AMD A-Series APUs with MSI’s new FM2 mainboards creates a platform that offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and gaming performance, especially with easy-to-use features like MSI OC Genie,” said Ted Hung, MSI vice president of Mainboard Department. “We are ready to impress the market with stable, high performance products that are a great home for AMD’s new APUs.”

Details and Availability

Starting today, the following AMD A-Series APUs are available from AMD’s channel partners and retailers worldwide: 

AMD A-Series Component Desktop APUs 

APU Model 

AMD Radeon™ Brand 

TDP 

CPU Cores 

CPU Clock (Max/Base) 

AMD Radeon™ Cores 

GPU Clock 

L2 Cache 

Max DDR3 Memory Support 

A10-5800K 

HD 7660D 

100W 

4.2 GHz / 3.8 GHz 

384 

800 MHz 

4MB 

1866 MHz 

A10-5700

HD 7660D 

65W 

4

4.0 GHz / 3.4 GHz 

384 

760 MHz 

4MB 

1866 MHz 

A8-5600K 

HD 7560D 

100W 

3.9 GHz / 3.6 GHz 

256 

760 MHz 

4MB 

1866 MHz 

A8-5500 

HD 7560D 

65W 

3.7 GHz /  3.2 GHz 

256 

760 MHz 

4MB 

1866 MHz 

A6-5400K 

HD 7540D 

65W 

3.8 GHz /  3.6 GHz 

192 

760 MHz 

1MB 

1866 MHz 

A4-5300 

HD 7480D 

65W 

3.6 GHz /  3.4 GHz 

128 

724 MHz 

1MB 

1600 MHz 

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Overdrive, AMD CrossFire, Radeon and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
1. AMD suggested retail pricing
2. The Quad-core AMD A10-5800K using AMD Turbo Core technology has a maximum frequency of 4.2 GHz with a suggested retail price of $122 as compared to the Dual-core Intel Core i3 2120 / 3220 with a maximum frequency of 3.3 GHz (Intel Turbo Boost technology is not available for the Intel Core i3 family of processors) and a retail price of $124.99. Intel pricing on TigerDirect.com on 9/26/2012:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3734679&csid=_61
3.  GFLOPS calculations developed by AMD performance labs measuring compute capacity for the AMD A10-5800K desktop APU which is 736 GFLOPS. AMD GFLOPS calculated using GFLOPs = CPU GFLOPs + GPU GFLOPS = CPU Core Freq. (3.8GHz) X Core Count (4) X 8 FLOPS + GPU Core Freq.(800MHz) X DirectX® 11 capable Shader Count (384) X 2 FLOPS TRD-38
4.  6.5 GHz reached on an AMD A10-5800K with AMD Radeon™ HD 7660D Graphics, 2x4GB DDR3 1866, Windows 7 64bit using LN2 cooling @ 1.85V.  AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled with AMD hardware or software.
5.  Testing conducted by AMD performance labs using  PCMark®7 from Futuremark® benchmark, the AMD A10-5800K APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 7660D Graphics scored 4079 while the AMD A8-3850 APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 6550D Graphics scored 3226 . All scores rounded to the nearest whole number.
6.  Testing conducted by AMD performance labs using DiRT 3™ @ 1280×1024, DirectX®11 under medium settings.  The AMD A10-5800K APU with an AMD Radeon™ HD 6570 in AMD Dual Graphics mode scored and average of 92.62 FPS while the AMD A10-5800K APU with only the AMD Radeon™ HD 6570 Graphics card enabled scored an average of 52.63. Test configuration with AMD Dual Graphics enabled and disabled: Pre-production engineering sample AMD A10-5800K APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 7660D Graphics, AMD Radeon™ HD 6570 graphics card, 2x4GB DDR3-1866, 7200rpm Hard Drive with  Windows® 7 64 bit on AMD “Annapurna” reference design.  TRD-18

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