Socketed APUs have arrived
The answer is $34, which addresses the question of what price AMD's new socketed "Kabini" APUs will debut at. There's also the cost of the motherboard to factor in, so add another $25 to $35. As to when you'll be able to buy these new parts, AMD today announced the global availability of its AM1 platform featuring its quad-core and dual-core Sempron and Athlon APU lineup based on Kabini.
To quickly refresh what it is we're talking about about, AMD's AM1 platform consists of pairing a socketed Kabini APU with a socket FS1b motherboard sporting a pin-grid-array (PGA). What's unique about this platform is that it's AMD's first "system in a socket" offering -- essentially an SoC (System-on-Chip). Socketed Kabini parts sport two or four Jaguar CPU cores along with an integrated memory controller, Radeon graphics with Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, and all the supported I/O functions (two SATA 6Gbps, two USB 3.0, eight USB 2.0, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA). With all this residing on the APU, it allows motherboard makers to deliver cheap boards.
AMD is making available four APUs to kick off the platform. They include the following:
One point AMD is really trying to drive home is that consumers now have access to quad-core computing for under $40. AMD's also pitching its AM1 platform as a superior solution to Intel's Bay Trail with faster performance in everything from encryption and web surfing to playing games, and more.
Several motherboard makers have signed on to support AM1, including ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, and ECS. You should be able to find both boards and the above mentioned Athlon and Sempron parts today from Amazon, NCIX, Newegg, and TigerDirect.