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Although the future code-named Richland accelerated processing units from Advanced Micro Devices will generally resemble code-named Trinity APUs, the new chips will be capable of running at higher clock-speeds at the same power envelope, according to a list of specifications published by a web-site.

AMD’s second-generation A-series Fusion “Richland” APUs feature up to four Piledriver x86 cores as well as AMD Radeon HD graphics core with VLIW4 architecture. Many consider Richland as “Trinity 2.0” since micro-architecture- and feature set-wise the chips are identical. However, since Richland is essentially a re-spin of Trinity, it can run at higher clock-speed without requiring considerable amount of power. Both chips are made using 32nm process technology with SOI and HKMG at Globalfoundries.

According to VR-Zone web-site, which has published a table with specifications, AMD will indeed increase clock-speeds of desktop A-series 6000-family “Richland” accelerated processing units compared to AMD A-series 5000-family “Trinity” APUs. For example, the top-of-the-range A10-6800K chip will officially work at default clock-speed that is higher than 4.0GHz. Actual performance difference between Richland and Trinity will be negligible since difference in clock-speeds will not be high.

In a bid to further differentiate Trinity and Richland, laptops with the latter are expected to come bundled with new software for consumers such as gesture- and facial-recognition to expand and enhance consumers’ user experiences.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.


Tags: AMD, Richland, Trinity, 32nm, Piledriver, Radeon, Fusion


Comments currently: 21
Discussion started: 01/29/13 11:04:00 PM
Latest comment: 07/13/16 10:54:47 AM
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There is a trick to Richland that will easily differentiate between it and Trinity when it comes to performance. Wait for the launch to know more.
5 2 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/29/13 11:04:00 PM]
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Im bet it has to do with HSA and other plans AMD has to bringing OpenCL into everyday apps.
0 0 [Posted by: the_file  | Date: 02/01/13 03:19:28 PM]

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1 4 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 01/29/13 11:04:44 PM]
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You are an Intel fanboy. Just jump up and down on a couch and shout it out. You have demonstrated form. You even use the old "I'm an AMD investor but..." line on 12 Oct 2012.
5 2 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 01/30/13 03:15:26 AM]
How empty is your life that you bothered to look at my old posts?

It's also not fanboism when the two companies aren't even competing with each other anymore. AMD is trying just to stay out of bankruptcy at this point. Or did you miss their credit rating drop today? Or the annoucement months ago that they have no roadmap to being profitable in 2013?
1 3 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 01/30/13 07:33:55 PM]
Thanks to modern computers, it is possible to scan your posts in around the same time it takes to do a pee. My name is Fanboyslayer. I hunt fakes like you. You have been shown up time and time again by the mod as well. You ought to slither away from whence you came.
1 0 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 01/31/13 06:37:00 AM]
Howcome the intel articles haven't even 20% of quantity of replies comparared to 98% of ALL AMD artiles on this site.

Some people are definatly trying to spread disinfo on this site.
0 1 [Posted by: the_file  | Date: 02/01/13 03:20:58 PM]

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2 8 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 01/29/13 11:31:48 PM]
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7 2 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 01/30/13 03:06:49 AM]

Richland should be a nice performance bump and another great value for those looking for the best bank-for-the-buck.

It's reported that Richland uses the Piledriver instruction set for increased performance, so that may bode well for the desktop Piledriver CPUs due in early '14... or sooner.
3 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/30/13 08:24:59 AM]
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Richland is Trinity with a trick that gives upto 10% CPu gains and upto 20-40% gains for GPU as per AMD's test bed and test suites.

Its a Trinity die with no changes to design, so its Piledriver core and Northern Islands GPU same as Trinity.

You will know more about the trick when it launches.
7 2 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/30/13 11:02:43 AM]
Well if it gives up 10% of the CPU speed, my guess is the CPU underclocks and drops voltage when the GPU load goes > 90% in a game and the GPU's Turbo boost function kicks in to take advantage of the additional TDP headroom. This way in the most GPU-limited scenarios, more of the TDP's headroom is available for the GPU to boost its clocks and the reduction in CPU speed doesn't materially affect the overall system performance since the game is primarily GPU limited.
1 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 01/30/13 09:31:14 PM]

so this is just trinity but made whit there new high density library , better turbo and a new clock mesh. (ans a minor revision in the core design). correct me if i'm wrong.
3 1 [Posted by: massau  | Date: 01/30/13 01:51:09 PM]
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As mentioned above as reply to beenthere. There are no changes to design its the same as trinity. High density libraries are not used in Trinity/Richland, it will be used in a future family of chips.

3 2 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/30/13 01:57:39 PM]

Richland should yeild some decent gpu performance gains over trinity but it will be kaveri that's going to be AMD's golden goose. It will be the first AMD apu to use 28nm. The first AMD apu to be based on the steamroller arch and the first AMD apu to use GCN for its gpu.
3 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/30/13 11:23:08 PM]
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AMD have always had 'amazing' stuff just over the horizon but never really delivered for me. Intel is no better and that looks to continue with Haswell if the numbers today are right.

I guess the days of significant performance increases are over. The only thing that would get my wallet out is a mid-range priced 8-core (real 8-core, 16-core in AMD world). How long have we had quad-core now for? 2006 I think and they have been mid-range for well over 5 years.
3 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 01/31/13 11:07:32 AM]

It would be nice if it featured ECC as well. I miss the time when AMD didn't arbitrarily cripple features and had ECC across the board. Now there aren't really any great options for a low-cost AMD server with integrated graphics.

The Intel i3/Xeons and boards are both way overpriced, and/or arbitrarily crippled in various ways, like missing AES extensions, VT-d, hyper-threading, and such. I hate to support the company on principle, and it is obnoxious having to scrutinize the Intel ARK for each and every CPU/feature.
3 1 [Posted by: x  | Date: 01/31/13 06:18:17 AM]

Generally speaking the mods on this site should add the HSA initiative to the list of major topics to this site. When HSA is done, meaning when AMD has fully implemented it, it will be a huge industry change.
2 0 [Posted by: the_file  | Date: 02/01/13 03:23:36 PM]
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Calculating on the GPU is 5 times more efficient than on the CPU. Whilst this ought to revolutionise computing, it depends on programmers hacking for this platform. This in turn depends on AMD's penetration of the platform. The embedded market is big and will help. Also Kaveri will offload some computation to the GPU itself without needing the special C coding hooks.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/01/13 06:55:23 PM]
"Also Kaveri will offload some computation to the GPU itself without needing the special C coding hooks."

I hope your right because that means --HUGE-- speeds. The implications behind HSA, and they stated in the mission statement and descriptions somewere also, is to give high level languages, INCLUDEING interpreted languages, (they used python as an example) access to low level controlls.
1 0 [Posted by: the_file  | Date: 02/03/13 08:55:44 PM]


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