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The first images of what is claimed to be Advanced Micro Devices’ next-generation Fusion A-series “Richland” accelerated processing unit have hit the web. The chips feature all the official markings, including official branding and product number and seem to be commercial. The latter fact means that the new A-series APUs will be on sale on time early next month.

The new chips, which photos were first published by Hermitage Akihabara web-site, are marked as A10-6800 (OPN: AD680KWOA44HL), A10-6700 (OPN: AD6700OKA44HL) and A4-4000 (OPN: AD4000OKA23HL). The products are claimed to be based on Richland design, so the A10-series APUs feature four AMD Piledriver x86 cores as well as Radeon HD 8670D integrated graphics solution with 384 stream processors. The unknown AMD A4-4000 either belongs to previous-gen code-named Trinity solutions and has two x86 cores and Radeon HD 7000-series graphics core (with VLIW4 architecture), or to the very low-end of Richland family.  

It is interesting to note that AMD A10 chips are made in China, whereas all the previous AMD processors were assembled and tested in Malaysia. It looks like AMD started to test and assemble microprocessors in China, possibly to cut down costs or optimize manufacturing flow. At present the company diffuses its processors at a Globalfoundries’ factory in Dresden, Germany, but eventually the firm will also use Globalfoundries fab in New York, USA.

  

AMD A-series Fusion “Richland” APUs feature up to four Piledriver x86 cores as well as AMD Radeon HD graphics with VLIW4 architecture (in general, Richland is something like Trinity 2.0). Thanks to improved clock-speeds without any gains in power consumption, the new A-series APUs should be noticeably faster than the predecessors in all kinds of applications. The new chips are drop-in compatible with existing platforms, therefore AMD’s partners among PC makers should quickly ramp up systems based on A-series Fusion “Richland” APUs. AMD intends to formally introduce A-series “Richland” chips for desktops in early June.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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

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It's worth noting these are the desktop Richland chips. The laptop models are already in laptops to be released in 1-2 weeks.
6 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 05/07/13 11:51:16 AM]
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The A10-6800K is the first x86 microprocessor with a base clock higher than 4 GHz.

The 65W A10-6700 is about as fast as the 100W A10-5800K
7 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 05/07/13 02:37:10 PM]
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Nicely put it! AMD officially reached new round limit! ... but for a decade or so we all know it aint much of the bragging in pure GHz. Anyway it's nice to know they completed "new power gating and distribution" and that Trinity 2.0 has a little bit more headroom for re-release as A10-6900 and maybe some price cuts in A8 overpriced segment
4 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 05/07/13 06:09:15 PM]
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btw. Here is at the moment A10-5800K oficially chaper than A10-5700 which was never widely accepted. People mostly used A8-5600K or plain old Athlon X4 740
2 1 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 05/07/13 06:13:23 PM]
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The A10 5700's are mostly geared towards PC manufactures, not consumer builds, which is why you don't see a lot of them in online retail stores.
3 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/07/13 11:20:09 PM]
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That might be it thou i cant really say where AMD intend to place their CPUs as mostly AMD OEM designs nowadays are those for netbooks and notebooks. where roi is high. And we're talking about desktop CPU unit.

But i just said it's overpriced in retail chain in my neighborhood. Price difference between X4 750K and A10-5700 is 185% which is insane. Not that i'd prefer that X4 750K are pricier but of course A10 should be more affordable 140-150% of X4 750K should be more normal price.

0 1 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 05/08/13 03:17:27 PM]
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what they mean to say is noticeably faster on the gpu side of things, considering the cpu arch has stayed the same and there is nothing diff about it other then tweaking the clock speed in richland's cpu higher without having to up the TDP. So I don't expect much of a diff in performance on the cpu side of things, that change will happen with kaveri with steamroller cores.

on a diff note the 8670D has many streaming processors on it now as my 3 year old Radeon 5730 Mobility gpu on my laptop. that's technology for ya. lol
4 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/07/13 06:43:05 PM]
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Well it's marketing gimmick. You can put anything you want in the leaflet. AMD probably polished some buggy CPU-GPU inter-communication and power delivery is always crucial for GPU and this thing is really improved from Trinity 1.0 ... So this way we might say GPU improved as well and probably having much higher clock potential headroom as it designed for finally mature 32nm processing node.

Well it should be casual gamers choice until cruel intel and its fanboys kill it with deeply power savvy Haswell that needs special PSUs to use only 0.05W instead 0.5W in stand by mode ... like all other things beside CPU dont consume anything. Intel it's stand by mode, CPU is underutilised there and thats no why CPUs are designed for :grin: So it's not really crucial for desktops to be that "power savvy" except for bragging rights.
1 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 05/08/13 03:22:05 PM]
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truth is –“without dedicated GPU intel’s all cpu including top notch cpu is total crap”.
1 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 05/26/13 03:57:47 AM]
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