Wednesday, September 26th 2012

AMD Announces Second-Generation A-Series Desktop APUs

AMD announced the second-generation A-Series desktop APU lineup, based on the "Trinity" silicon. The silicon combines four x86-64 cores spread across two "Piledriver" micro-architecture modules, with a Radeon HD 7000 series graphics core with 384 VLIW4 stream processors, an integrated northbridge, and a dual-channel DDR3-1866 MHz integrated memory controller. Various models are carved out in the series by handling the numbers of CPU cores and stream processors.

The company kicked off the lineup with two A10-5000 series quad-core models, which are fully-loaded with all components enabled. These are followed by two A8-5000 series models, which have four x86-64 cores, but just 256 stream processors for the GPU component. Just behind is the A6-5000 series dual-core APUs with 192 stream processors. Trailing the pack is the A4-5000 series dual-core APUs with 128 stream processors. Model numbers and specifications are tabled below. Prices range between $70 - $140.
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31 Comments on AMD Announces Second-Generation A-Series Desktop APUs

#1
Jizzler
If you have a lot of movies to rip and transcode, may make a nice home media server.

There's a company that builds clusters with Llano APUs currently if your project distributes well over such an architecture.

Possibly a decent chip for local workgroup VDI (Desktop Virtualization), such as classroom computers.
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#2
NeoXF
Speaking of which, I wonder if the HSA Foundation (in other words, future APU implementations) will have any say in AMD's Opteron series...
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#3
Super XP
Munki said:
That depends on the type of server and its function.
Yes a home media server just as the poster below yours has pointed out. But perhaps not for an online gaming server.
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#4
theoneandonlymrk
Super XP said:
Would these APU's make for good servers?
they will be, Amd is working on this with its seamicro division
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#5
suraswami
seems like based on initial reviews it consumes less power than previous generation. I am guessing same would be true for the AM3+ CPUs that is to come. If that is the case I might jump on to the new AM3+.
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Super XP
suraswami said:
seems like based on initial reviews it consumes less power than previous generation. I am guessing same would be true for the AM3+ CPUs that is to come. If that is the case I might jump on to the new AM3+.
Nothing like a nice ASUS Crosshair V or it's little brother Sabertooth :)
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