AMD Issues Round of Price Cuts to Select A6 and A8 Series APUs

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vrmlbasic

I'm waiting to see what AMD's plan is with their FM2+ platform and AM3+ platform is. AMD is all about heterogeneous computing and making it "affordable" to developers to use for small-scale GPU-suited tasks by putting hardware for it on the CPU die. AM3+ chips cannot, afaik, hold a GPU.

I'm hoping that AMD follows through on their "promise" to release the new architecture APUs sometime this year so that they can be benchmarked. That's my more realistic hope, since I realize that more software being compiled to take advantage of AMD's hardware (more openCL, FMA4) is a pipe dream that all the opium in all of afghanistan wouldn't make plausible.

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John Pombrio

Does cutting the prices help AMD win market share? I have not seen any good report that more chips are sold after a price cut. Anyone have a source?

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AFDozerman

Honestly, I don't think it ever works. I think they're just trying to clear stock before kaveri arrives and making the price people have to pay relatively more acceptable at the respective price points.

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Chad727

I've been a fan of AMD for a long time but the APU part has not delivered as promised. Don't get me wrong, it's a good idea but the results I've seen in machines I've built can't keep up with the integrated graphics that Intel has produced as of late. It's sad too because I so wanted AMD to kick Intel's ass in the laptop arena. That being said, I've never seen the results of an APU crossfired with a discrete card. Maybe that makes it worth it, I can't say.

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AFDozerman

I would have to respectively disagree.

The only integrated graphics that they haven't been destroying is Iris and that's a brand new part a full ten nanometers smaller than Richland and running at a higher clockspeed, and that's only in laptops. Kaveri should more than fix this, with rumors and very educated guestimations putting it between a 7750 and 7770.

In the end, though, APUs weren't really meant for graphics (in the traditional sense) exclusively; just check the name. Llano to carizo were/are/will be the stepping stones to a truly "accelerated" processor, one that exists in a world where software and hardware are tuned in such a way that GPU acceleration really does define a huge portion of the UX. Here at the half way mark in hardware, I would say that we're about 40 percent there in software (will be way more when hSAIL compatible compilers get into the hands of developers), and both purposes will be fulfilled.

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AFDozerman

Nope. Still waiting on post- excavator to go full-APU.