by Anton Shilov
06/12/2013 | 08:35 PM
Although Advanced Micro Devices these days is shifting focus from pure central processing units (CPUs) to accelerated processing units (APUs) with integrated graphics cores that can speed up select applications, the company continues to sell CPUs not only to performance enthusiasts, but to mainstream users as well. This week the first AMD Athlon processor based on Richland design, but without graphics, emerged for sale.
Amazon.co.uk is currently selling quad-core AMD Athlon X4 760K Black Edition processor (AD760KWOHLBOX) with 3.80GHz default clock-rate (and 4.10GHz Turbo Core frequency), 4MB L2 cache (512KB L2 per core), 100W thermal design power, Turbo Core 3.0 dynamic acceleration technology as well as unlocked multiplier. The chip should be drop-in compatible with mainboards featuring FM2 sockets.
The recommended retail price of the Athlon X4 760K microprocessor is claimed to be £86.25 ($135.2), but Amazon.co.uk sells it for £64.86 ($101.7) with the promise to dispatch it within two to three weeks. Given that the store offers AMD A8-6600K “Richland” APU with 3.90GHz default frequency and Radeon HD graphics engine for £97.71 ($153.54), the cost of the Athlon X4 760K seems normal. In addition, at least one seller is offering the same central processing units at Ebay UK, reports CPU World web-site.
Since AMD formally unveiled fully-fledged desktop Richland APUs earlier this month, the emergence of the cut-down version clearly indicates that the chips have been in production for several months now and AMD can fulfill demand for both APUs and CPUs based on the new design.
The new AMD Athlon X4 760K processor should deliver even better overclockability than the units with integrated graphics and can therefore power inexpensive PCs used mostly for games. Given the fact that the chips do not feature integrated graphics adapter, such computers will need a discrete graphics card, which cost will clearly be higher than that of an integrated graphics engine. Still, those, who already have a decent graphics adapter and want an inexpensive CPU, the new Athlon X4 may be an interesting option.