Even though it has been almost three months since AMD first began shipping 2nd-generation A-series “Trinity” mobile APUs, there is still no sign of their desktop counterparts. The last we heard of the desktop Trinity APUs from the Sunnyvale-based chip maker was back in July. But even back then the company merely reassured everyone that the release of the chips was “on track.” With the company still unwilling to commit to a release date, there is plenty of speculation surrounding the release schedule of these desktop APUs.
Like a number of reports before it, the latest, which comes courtesy of Japanese site Hermitage Akihabara and includes the first pictures of the upcoming chips, also points to an October release—October 1 to be precise—for 2nd-generation A-series desktop APUs. Just to be clear, we’re not talking about OEM availability here, but general retail availability; actually, these chips have been shipping to OEMs like HP and Asus since June. If the report is accurate, the chips will arrive just in time for the release of Windows 8, which is scheduled for October 26. Here is a quick rundown of the specs of the Trinity desktop chips that will be hitting the market sometime later this year:
These chips will need motherboards with the chip maker’s new socket FM2, a 904-pin socket as opposed to the 905-pin one that worked with Llano APUs. As for the Fusion Controller Hub, you’ll have a choice between two chipsets: the A75 and A85X. It’s important to note here that the latter includes eight SATA 6Gb/s ports and RAID 5 support, whereas the former doesn't.