AMD Rolls Out Richland Desktop APUs

Paul Lilly

One part Piledriver and one part Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics.

System builders have no shortage of new processors to choose from this week. Counter-punching the launch of Haswell , Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Wednesday rolled out the red carpet for its 2013 Elite A-Series of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), otherwise known as "Richland," which supposedly offer discrete-level graphics and an easy upgrade infrastructure.

"The new AMD A-Series APU is ideal for desktop PC builders and mainstream gamers wanting outstanding performance for their money, and today AMD delivers an excellent new follow-on to the recently announced mobile lineup," said Bernd Lienhard , corporate vice president and general manager, Client Products Division at AMD. "The combination of high-performance, third-generation desktop APUs with our existing portfolio of low-power, mobile APUs gives us our strongest-ever lineup of products for our customers and our technology partners."

AMD's Elite A-Series APUs combine the company's "Piledriver" CPU architecture with its Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics on the FM2 motherboard infrastructure, meaning the parts support existing A85X, A75, and A55 platforms, as well as newer FM2+ boards.

Here's a look at the four new APUs with their base and turbo clockspeeds:

  • A8-6500: 3.5GHz-4.1GHz, 4MB L2 cache, DDR3-1866, Radeon HD 8570D (256 cores, 800MHz), 65W TDP
  • A8-6600K: 3.9GHz-4.2GHz, 4MB L2 cache, DDR3-1866, Radeon HD 8570D (256 cores, 844MHz), 100W TDP
  • A10-6700: 3.7GHz-4.3GHz, 4MB L2 cache, DDR3-1866, Radeon HD 8670D (384 cores, 844MHz), 65W TDP
  • A10-6800K: 4.1GHz-4.4GHz, 4MB L2 cache, DDR3-2133, Radeon HD 8670D (384 cores, 844MHz), 100W TDP

All four are quad-core chips. The two A8 models run $112 MSRP and the two A10 APUs are priced at $142.

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