Rumors, leaked pictures, and supposed specifications of a tri-core Llano APU have been floating around the Web since early July, and if you had any lingering doubts that this chip was real, you can put them to rest. AMD just sent us word that it's new tri-core A6 3500 APU is shipping now and is available for less than a C-note. Confirmed specs after the break.
It's been a long time since the CPU speed war was all about faster frequencies, a strategy that died when Intel retired Netburst in favor of its Core architecture. That same war is now fought by and large with cramming more cores into a single slice of silicon, and come 2012, AMD plans to launch a 10-core processor for enthusiast grade desktops. Are we ready for double-digit core counts?
If you hear Taps playing in the background, don't panic and think it's meant for you. According to AMD, it's entry level discrete graphics cards that aren't long for this world, not when you have accelerated processing units (APUs) that are more than capable of pushing pixels around your screen. And don't go shedding any tears for low-end videocards, AMD says it's all for the best.
AMD currently has two Llano desktop APUs on the market, with four more chips scheduled for release later this year. A product roadmap recently discovered inside MSI marketing material has already shed light on three of the four upcoming chips. As for the fourth one, our friends over at Fudzilla now claim to have all the details.
The first accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops from AMD became available in late June. The first installment of desktop APUs comprises two quad-core chips, the A6-3650 and A8-3850, both of which have garnered mixed reviews. PC manufacturers, too, haven’t quite warmed up to the new chips so far. Nonetheless, boutique system builder AVADirect has announced a couple of Llano-equipped PCs.
Announced last month at Computex, the E-450 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) will be joining AMD’s E-Series of Fusion chips later this year. While there’s quite a lot that we already know about the chip, Fudzilla claims to have found the remaining pieces of the E-450 puzzle. Hit the jump for details.
AMD last week announced the availability of a couple of desktop A-series quad-core APUs -- A6-3650 and A8-3850 -- both of which are now offered in CyberPower's gaming PC lineup. These Llano parts are the main attraction in CyberPower's Gamer Ultra desktop line, and you can pick up a full blown setup for as little as $595.
AMD's launch of two Llano A-series desktop APUs yesterday comes a little over two weeks after the CPU/GPU maker made available its Catalyst 11.6 driver package. For whatever reason, AMD chose not to bake in support for its then soon-to-be-released A8-3850 and A6-3650 APUs, but don't despair, there's a hotfix available if you plan on running one of these chips.
AMD isn't letting a silly little thing like market share ruin its summer. Rather than hide under a rock from failing to make a dent in Intel's stranglehold on the chip market, even after the initial Sandy Bridge snafu, AMD has come out swinging this month with its Llano A-series accelerated processing units (APUs). Earlier this month saw the launch of AMD's mobile Llano chips, and now the Santa Clara chip maker is announcing the availability of two Llano A-series APUs for the desktop.
MSI dabbles in both motherboards and graphics cards (as well as other components and products), and maybe that gives them an advantage when it comes to building boards for AMD's upcoming Fusion processors. Whether or not that's the case, MSI isn't bashful about laying claim to the "world's fastest mainboard with integrated graphics," the newly released A75MA-G55 built around AMD's FM1 socket.