AMD Announces Elite A-Series "Richland" APUs

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Shalbatana

I can't spend any significant money on a rig like I'd want to. With that in mind, I'm more than satisfied with my APU.

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warptek2010

Would be interesting to see these new APU's bench marked against Intel's latest Pentium G2120T and G2030T. Here's hoping AMD makes a bit of a come back. They should offer these on the consumer level also.

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Freebar

In addition to Maximum PC's Gordon Mah Ung, I thoroughly trust Anand Lal Shimpi. Anand's review of AMD's best against Intel's Core i7's was pretty bleak, and he doesn't write colorfully and casually like Maximum PC's editors do.

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spazimspaz

Engadget posted some of AMD's benchmarks but the wait is on for independent benchmarks. Theyre claiming it'll beat out an i7 with their tests but I remain a skeptical AMD fan...

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vrmlbasic

Their desktop chips don't best an i7 :(

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stradric

Doesn't the Xi3 "Piston" run with this A10? On paper an 8650G looks worse than a 6950 from 2010. I'll be looking forward to some benchmarks.

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Sparx10

from what their site says, I think it's the A10-4600M (the R464)

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skerdzius

does this APU have similar architecture like in PS4?

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tom_m

Hard to say for sure. The PS4 *apparently* has one or two Jaguar chips inside, but I do not believe that Sony has confirmed the specifics of their CPU(s). If that's true, then yes, it is a similar design.

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vrmlbasic

This interests me as it could enable me to get a cheapy notebook that is portable, powerful & yet still "disposable" enough to meet my current needs. I'm hoping that the more powerful hardware will kick the APU notebooks up to 1080 screens as I just can't bring myself to buy another 768 laptop.

Couldn't the existing chips perform gesture login & facial recognition; what makes these chips "more special" in these regards?

IMO AMD needs to get back to the "cooler" product names: "Piledriver" > "Richland" ;)

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big_montana

Richland is built on the same 32nm process as Trinity, has the same number of transistors and offers very similar compute performance in terms of raw GFLOPs. AMC showed off a demo at Mobile World Congress of this using a tricked out Trinity laptop, so yes current APU's can do the same thing, you just will be lacking the mobile HD 8000 graphics component. Also, AMD's Kaveri APU will be shipping 2nd half of this year, which is the follow up to Richland.

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vrmlbasic

So I'll wait and watch to see what happens.

I hear that Richland's Radeon 8XXXM series is newly crafted, so it is odd to hear that these new chips are rather similar in performance to the Trinity APU. I mean, the performance of both the C & Gpu must be taken into account when benching an APU, right (especially when AMD is constantly reminding us of the computational benefits of an on-board capable GPU)?

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Danthrax66

I'm fairly sure the above poster is saying these are similar to the desktop chips since the old laptop chips only clocked in at around 2ghz max. These are mid 2s to 3s plus they have a better graphics core.

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