Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

AMD Announces Retail Availability of A-Series "Trinity" Desktop APUs

AMD today announced retail and distribution channel availability of its second generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) for desktop, small form-factor and home theater PCs. These new APUs target do-it-yourself (DIY) PC builders, mainstream gamers and value-added resellers who want to upgrade their PC infrastructure with affordable performance, discrete-level graphics, multiple cores and fast processing for outstanding responsiveness.

The second generation desktop AMD A-Series APU is available at prices ranging from $53 to $122 USD. Compared to similarly priced competitive offerings, the new APUs offer more cores, more speed, best-in-class entertainment experiences and an easy upgrade path based on a stable socket infrastructure. AMD APU users also gain access to the AMD AppZone and a comprehensive list of accelerated applications that leverage the full compute power of the APU. With hardware-accelerated support for DirectX 11 on AMD Radeon graphics and AMD Eyefinity technology delivering a more immersive experience, the AMD A-Series APUs are the ideal solution for systems running the highly-anticipated Microsoft Windows 8 and today's Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems.

"The new AMD A-Series APU is ideal for anyone looking for a new desktop or home theater PC with leading performance for the dollar," said Leslie Sobon, corporate vice president, Desktop and Component Products, AMD. "The combination of processing speed, multiple compute cores and discrete-level graphic capabilities on the second generation AMD A-Series APU make it an excellent platform for the gamer and PC enthusiast alike."

More Cores, More Speed and More Value
The second generation AMD A-Series APU provides higher performance and capabilities over the first generation:
  • More than 700 GFLOPS of compute performance;
  • Up to 4.2 GHz max frequency;
  • Unlocked Central Processing Unit (CPU) with AMD OverDrive software for up to 6.5 GHz of extreme overclocking performance.
With CPU and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) AMD Turbo Core 3.0 Technology, the second generation AMD A-Series APU performance is improved by allowing frequencies of the GPU and CPU cores to automatically increase. PC users looking for ultimate control tweaking their system can use the AMD OverDrive software application to overclock both the CPU and the GPU, and also increase the memory frequency to deliver a superior gaming experience.

Better Video and Gaming with AMD Radeon Graphics
The second generation AMD A-Series APUs include AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics, providing high-performance discrete-class graphics. These APUs extend AMD's legacy of gaming leadership with a significant increase in both CPU and GPU performance5 over the previous generation and support for:
  • AMD Eyefinity Technology - The only multi-monitor technology that supports a single-surface Windows 8 experience across up to four monitors. For the first time, this immersive technology is available from an APU without the need for a discrete graphics card;
  • Industry-leading, high-performance DirectX 11 graphics architecture capable of delivering full 1080p gaming for a life-like level of detail;
  • AMD Radeon Dual Graphics support that delivers a performance boost of up to 75 percent when a discrete graphics card is added to the APU6. The AMD Radeon Dual Graphics option also offers support for DirectX 9 and 10 for older game titles, and uses new AMD CrossFire
  • Application Profiles for easier updates.
Easy Upgrade Path
The second generation desktop AMD A-Series APUs combine AMD's next-generation "Piledriver" CPU architecture with AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics on the new FM2 motherboard infrastructure to deliver a host of new features and a brilliant visual experience, all on a platform with future upgrade capability.

Three different chipset options are available on motherboards with the FM2 socket, each with a different feature set: AMD A55, A75 and A85X. These chipsets support AMD Memory Profiles which enable graphics memory to run at 1866 MHz, with up to a 266 MHz boost for faster performance.

Industry Support
ASRock: "The new A-Series APUs are a perfect combination of performance and price for PC enthusiasts," said James Lee, ASRock vice president of Sales and Marketing. "The ASRock FM2 motherboards come with a complete product line supplying those enthusiasts to achieve the highest level of computing. Besides, with ASRock smart X-Boost Technology, overclocking the APU can become a one-button process.
ASUS: "Second generation AMD A-Series APUs are ideal for desktop PC builders and mainstream gamers," said Joe Hsieh, general manager of Asus' Motherboard Business Unit. "Our award-winning motherboards outfitted with these leading processors provide customers an immersive experience, easy upgrade path and affordable price."
ECS: "The performance, price and upgrade options of the second generation AMD A-Series APUs should make these products wildly popular with a wide range of PC enthusiasts who are building a new system or about to upgrade his or her system," said David Chien, vice president of ECS Channel Business Unit. "We look forward to supplying those enthusiasts with the stability and performance features of our special gold-plated A85F2-A Golden FM2 motherboard."
GIGABYTE: "With AMD's second generation APU platform, GIGABYTE is bringing several exclusive technologies to an AMD platform for the first time, including our new Ultra Durable 5 technology and Digital Power delivery," commented Henry Kao, vice president of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "These technologies help ensure GIGABYTE FM2 series motherboards will get the absolute maximum graphics and processing performance from AMD's new and exciting A-Series APUs."
MSI: "Combining second generation AMD A-Series APUs with MSI's new FM2 mainboards creates a platform that offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and gaming performance, especially with easy-to-use features like MSI OC Genie," said Ted Hung, MSI vice president of Mainboard Department. "We are ready to impress the market with stable, high performance products that are a great home for AMD's new APUs."

Details and Availability
Starting today, the following AMD A-Series APUs are available from AMD's channel partners and retailers worldwide:
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45 Comments on AMD Announces Retail Availability of A-Series "Trinity" Desktop APUs

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
A10-5800K for $122 is stunning!
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#2
eidairaman1
fair pricing.

course this puts the bracket for PD based FX lineup higher which is understandable
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#3
DannibusX
Wow. I'm definitely going to have to tool around with one or more of these.
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#4
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
Dayummmmmmmmm!

5800 for 122$!
a 4.0GHz quad core with 7660 for 122$ !!!!!!!!!!11111111111!!!!


:rockout::respect::twitch::eek:
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#5
HossHuge
Everyone's computer just lost some value.

Great price.
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#6
eidairaman1
by: HossHuge
Everyone's computer just lost some value.

Great price.
computers lose value by the second like cars do.
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#7
HD64G
This price leaves money for better RAM to utilise iGPU properly. 1866MHz or more needed to do so.
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#8
Nihilus
by: eidairaman1
fair pricing.

course this puts the bracket for PD based FX lineup higher which is understandable
Too cheap!
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#9
xenocide
by: HD64G
This price leaves money for better RAM to utilise iGPU properly. 1866MHz or more needed to do so.
That was true for Llano, I heard Trinity might be closer to demanding 2133 for optimal performance...
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#10
james888
Now just need that full review ;)
I will probably be using these in some up and coming computers I am building for some people.
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#11
NeoXF
Yeah, now I GOT TO convince my friend to get himself one of these. And some really fast RAM, like a deal I found on some Kingston HyperX Predator 2400 kit... ooor Samsung's Green Memory... too bad those don't ship here... :(

Then there's the problem of waiting out all the "proper" mainboards to launch, ASRock has only just announced it's A85X Extreme6...
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#13
xenocide
After browsing the reviews posted on the TPU main page, the iGPU is definitely impressive. The CPU is a bit odd though. Faster than Llano with 4>Threads, but with 4 or more threads it's a tad slower at times. Must be the shared resource design bottlenecking the CPU still :/
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#14
Atom_Anti
by: btarunr
A10-5800K for $122 is stunning!
Are they crazy? How do they want make money with selling CPU with decent GPU power together? Will the volume make up that little price?
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#15
Dj-ElectriC
Selling it for these prices is kinda the only option right now
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#16
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Very interesting at these prices...
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#17
SIGSEGV
this is surely becoming my next pc build, based on this review they could handle my favourite games (dota2 and cs:go) well without any discrete graphic card.
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#18
NC37
by: xenocide
After browsing the reviews posted on the TPU main page, the iGPU is definitely impressive. The CPU is a bit odd though. Faster than Llano with 4>Threads, but with 4 or more threads it's a tad slower at times. Must be the shared resource design bottlenecking the CPU still :/
Llano was based on the Athlon IIs while Trinity is Piledriver which is the update from Bulldozer. I wouldn't be surprised a Llano besting Trinity in some stuff because the Phenoms did the same vs BD. BD only got better in extreme multitasking but Phenoms beat it on most other stuff. Some of the Athlon IIs if I remember right were Phenoms without L3 cache.

Crappy design is crappy, although only slightly less so with PD.
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#19
NeoXF
A8-3850 and A8-3870Ks are selling for 99 & 109 $... so I don't see what the problem is here with you people O_o... Especially since I predict they will sell in big volumes.

by: SIGSEGV
this is surely becoming my next pc build, based on this review they could handle my favourite games (dota2 and cs:go) well without any discrete graphic card.
It's like almost every review I've read is iffy in a way or another, most showing way different results than the next or having just plain stupid test parameters (for APUs). But as far as I can tell, grab yourself one of these APUs, a board that suits you, some 2133MHz RAM and a good budget heatsink like a Hyper 212 EVO or even Corsair A70 and you're set.
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#20
Atom_Anti
by: Dj-ElectriC
Selling it for these prices is kinda the only option right now
Well I do not understand, For $122 would be difficult to find an Intel Celeron/Pentium with Radeon 6570 which would be just a piece of craap...
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#21
Dent1
Overall I'm impressed. These APUs are CHEAP. The GPU portion is mind-blowing and the CPU portion is more than decent.

Tom's Hardware conclusion:
At its stock settings, the company’s flagship A10-5800K is generally faster than Intel’s Ivy Bridge-based Core i3-3220/3225 in heavily-threaded applications and slower in x86-oriented tasks that only run on one core. Some of our benchmarks fall somewhere in between, and the results reflect as much.
This is huge. Makes me think the enthusiast Piledriver CPU has atleast a chance at closing the gap.
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#22
Recus
Low price stands for low performance.
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#23
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Yes yes and yes excellent. This is the perfect chip for most people on a budget and avarage joes. Decent speed all around at a very nice price point. Me like a lot.
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#24
xenocide
by: Dent1
This is huge. Makes me think the enthusiast Piledriver CPU has atleast a chance at closing the gap.
It barely edges out a dual-core in heavily threaded tasks, and is only on par for Llano when it comes to heavily threaded tasks. It sounds as though the FX chips will be exactly what I said in every other thread--Phenom II's IPC but higher clocked and support for more threads. That won't make it better than Intel offerings, but it will be quite close in terms of value--at least until Haswell launches.

by: Frick
Yes yes and yes excellent. This is the perfect chip for most people on a budget and avarage joes. Decent speed all around at a very nice price point. Me like a lot.
I agree. It does give a nice option to people trying to build, say, $400 computers.
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#25
NeoXF
by: xenocide
It barely edges out a dual-core in heavily threaded tasks, and is only on par for Llano when it comes to heavily threaded tasks. It sounds as though the FX chips will be exactly what I said in every other thread--Phenom II's IPC but higher clocked and support for more threads. That won't make it better than Intel offerings, but it will be quite close in terms of value--at least until Haswell launches.
Core i3-3220 != dual core CPU
Pentium G2120 = dual core CPU

You see, just how AMD's Bulldozer modules are "less" than what we're used to CPU cores being until now, so are Intel's Hyper-Threading enabled CPUs "more" than what physical CPU cores stand for. In a sense, they're both pseudo quad core CPUs.

Either way, they're competitive with Intel's IB i3s, seeing as how they manage to score CPU "wins" enough times here and there, are a tad cheaper than them (especially than the i3-xxx5 ones, that come with HD4000), can be overclocked as opposed to Intel and especially, dominate everything integrated GPU-wise.
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