AMD has finally introduced the new range of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) based on the Kaveri architecture. The fourth generation A10-7800 APU was announced early last month and features 12 compute cores (four CPU and eight GPU) with a substantially lower TDP than its predecessor. Aimed at DIY and the system builder market, the three new APUs are based on the FM2+ chipset; which makes them incompatible with older machines.
The A10-7800 continues to be based on the FM2+ socket and has a CPU frequency of 3.5GHz with the usual 4MB L2 cache. A major change would be the optimised 45W TDP, which is much lower than the 95W TDP of the A10-7850K. Which is odd as this particular A10 is being aimed at DIY systems that are capable of dealing with any additional heat produced. At a glance, it looks like one of the promised mobile Kaveri processors that has made the jump to the system builder market; especially as it also lacks the unlocked CPU base multiplier.
As a mid-range APU, it still manages to carry with it the Radeon R7 integrated GPU with eight cores featuring 512 GCN2 cores. Support for both AMD’s Mantle API and DirectX 11.2, although it might be a little underpowered for full fledged gaming. AMD also promises support for 4K resolution and upscaling of 1080p to ultraHD capable displays.
Two other APUs are also appearing alongside the A10-7800, the A8-7600 and the A6-7400K. Both are lower end processors that also feature the Radeon integrated GPU. The A8-7600 packs eight compute cores with the four CPUs running at 3.1GHz with a lower end Radeon R7 GPU than the A10. On the other hand, the A6-7400K is the extremely budget version that combines two CPUs at 3.5GHz with four Radeon R5 GPU cores.
The A10-7800 has a SRP of US$158 (RM500), the A8-7600 an SRP of US$104 (RM334), and the A6-7400K will retail for US$79 (RM253).