by Anton Shilov
12/12/2013 | 11:55 PM
In an attempt to make its next-generation accelerated processing unit a truly attractive offering for gamers, Advanced Micro Devices plans to bundle a free copy of Battlefield 4 game with every A10-series “Kaveri” APU, according to slide from an alleged AMD promotional material. While core gamers will likely ignore the offering, AMD will still manage to attract a lot of attention to its chips thanks to such a campaign.
AMD is prepping to exclusively bundle Battlefield 4 game with every AMD A10-series “Kaveri” APU during the launch window, according to a slide, which resembles those from AMD marketing materials, published by WCCFtech web-site. Since the new APUs will unlikely cost more than $200, inclusion of a title that retails for $59.99 should be a good way to attract attention of mainstream gamers to Kaveri platform in general.
In addition, the slide claims that AMD A10-7850K “Kaveri” accelerated processing units provides 50% higher speed than Intel Core i5-4670K “Haswell” in Bacemark CL benchmark that measures GPGPU performance in OpenCL environment; the AMD A10-7850K “Kaveri” is also claimed to be 40% faster than Intel Core i5-4670K “Haswell” in 3DMark Firestrike benchmark.
AMD A-series “Kaveri” will feature two dual-core x86 Steamroller modules (two integer units per module), one FPU with two 128-bit FMACs, one MMX unit, Radeon R7 graphics processing unit with 512 stream processors (eight GCN compute units) as well as HUMA [heterogeneous unified memory architecture] shared memory controller. The total compute performance of AMD A10-7850K (3.7GHz x86 core clock-rate, 720MHz graphics engine frequency) “Kaveri” APU will be around 856GFLOPS, which is quite a lot.
It is noteworthy that the Battlefield 4 has been designed to run properly with high quality of graphics settings on AMD APUs found in Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles. Those APUs feature eight low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, but sport much higher-performing custom Radeon HD graphics processing units based on GCN architecture with 768 and 1152 stream processors for XBO/X1 and PS4, respectively.
The new series of APUs will support all the technologies that AMD introduced along with its latest family of graphics processors – which feature improved second-gen GCN architecture – including TrueAudio as well as DirectX 11.2 and Mantle application programming interfaces.
One of the key innovations of Kaveri is its HUMA shared memory controller that fetches data to both x86 and GCN processing units as well as acts like a dispatcher/hub. The unit supports heterogeneous queuing that defines how processors interact equally and enables uniform visibility into the entire memory space by both GPU and CPU.
Unlike in cases of previous-generation Fusion products, AMD will first release desktop versions of the accelerated processing units. The first bunch of such FM2+ chips will emerge on January 14, 2014, around two months from now. Later on Kaveri-like chips will be available inside notebooks, servers and embedded systems. Revenue shipments of the chips will begin this quarter.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.