Twitter Picture Teases a 12-Core AMD A-Series APU

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Carlidan

Damn that is so misleading. So what is an 8 core from them . 2 cpu cores and 6 gpu cores?

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wumpus

Why not some real HSA?

Personally, I'd like to see two (or more) steamrollers (i.e. "4 cores") and a whole bunch more bobcats in a CPU. Probably too much memory bandwidth issues, and almost certainly won't be able to get windows to give priority to the steamrollers. Still, the Watts and the mm^2 are compelling.

- If the tweet means anything, its just about some irrelevant GPU counting.

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Hey.That_Dude

With access to ARM's big.LITTLE IP, that dream isn't so farfetched.

But I have a feeling that this is just going to be the announcement of x86-ARM8 hybrid chip that they've been rumored to be making. It will likely be a total white paper release and won't see the light of day for two years.

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AFDozerman

The priority issue might be fixable with an AMD-side driver instead of a kernel hack like with the whole bulldozer fiasco. I still wonder why they didn't release a stopgap driver to fix scheduling issues in the first place. You can absolutely control scheduling, see what resources a process is using, and how a process is handling itself manually, so why can't you do it in software? Also, bandwidth could be alleviated by on-package memory just like with an APU. I guess we'll see eventually.

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AFDozerman

Has anyone considered that they may be releasing the APUs in the XBO or PS4 for PCs? Both of those use two clusters of four "big cats" cores and a moderately powerful GPU. They could have implemented HSA and appended them for FM1 and standard DDR3 memory since they were designed. I don't even think. They would have needed to ask MS or Sony's permission.

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vrmlbasic

8 "bona fide" cores plus an iGPU would be nice, the super 8350 lol. AMD's gameplan seems to have always been to have the iGPU bear the brunt of FP tasks, which make it seem odd that they released so many chips w/o iGPU.

A "power user" APU is a gaping hole in their curent lineup.

Sadly AMD's approach still requires software developers to adapt and we know how well that _hasn't_ worked out.

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jason2393

Maybe they're refreshing their lineup with 12 new (or renamed) APUs?

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MrHasselblad

Would the Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 be considered as a chip that operates on ALL twelve of it's cores?

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AFDozerman

As an AMD fan, I can't get exited over this. 20 dollars says it's an overclocked Kaveri.

Edit: maybe they changed the FX series' names due to bad publicity. It'd be much less likely, but hey, a man can dream, can't he?

The robots definitely remind me of one of their more recent commercials where the x86 cores are represented by robots.

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vrmlbasic

Don't remind a bro about AMD's recent OC'd Piledriver shenanigans. :(

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AFDozerman

Ugh. I bet that was a taste of how AMD would act if they were as rich as Intel; high binned parts at triple the price for 20 percent more performance.

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tetris42

They just said this probably isn't a "real" 12 core, it includes the GPU. In another words it's a quad core with integrated graphics.

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Innomasta

Yay more cores that aren't going to be utilized properly.

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USraging

I agree. This reminds me when intel was playing the frequency game on the p4. Where AMD had a better processor athlon64. Intel kept pushing the mhz to try to compete with AMD which gave you a lot of heat.

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LatiosXT

A better analog would be Hyperthreading.

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Rift2

cool can't wait to see the benchmarks!