We already know quite a lot about AMD's upcoming second-generation "Trinity" accelerated processing units (APUs), but one mystery was pricing. Online retailer BLT has released its prices to go with the specs.
While these prices are not official, they are in line with existing rumors. The prices are also line up well with what I've been hearing through unofficial AMD channels.
We can now plug these prices into the spec sheet that was leaked last month.
|Processor||Cores||Speed (GHz)||TDP (W)||Graphics||Price|
|A4-5300||2||3.4/3.7 turbo||65||HD 7480D||$59.60|
|A6-5400K||2||3.6/3.8 turbo||65||HD 7540D||$73.59|
|A8-5500||4||3.2/3.7 turbo||65||HD 7560D||$109.38|
|A8-5600K||4||3.6/3.9 turbo||100||HD 7560D||$109.38|
|A10-5700||4||3.4/4.0 turbo||65||HD 7660D||$131.45|
|A10-5800K||4||3.8/4.2 turbo||100||HD 7660D||$131.45|
APUs with the "K" suffix have unlocked multipliers and can be overclocked for additional performance.
These processors follow-on from the A-Series Fusion mobile parts unveiled back in May and will require motherboards with the new Socket FM2 and will make use of AMD's new A85X chipset. These APUs, like their mobile predecessors, combine a CPU and GPU onto a single die. AMD hopes that they will put pressure on Intel's Ivy Bridge processors.
Systems built around APUs with a lower TDP will benefit from requiring less cooling, not only making them cheaper to build but also quieter to run.
All of the APUs feature an AMD Radeon HD 7000-series graphics core which offers DirectX 11 graphics support and an improved video playback engine.
On paper, these APUs seem to have an advantage over Intel's Ivy Bridge parts in that the HD 7000 series GPU is superior to the GPU found in equivalent Ivy Bridge processors. We will however have to wait for independent benchmark testing of hardware to confirm these observations.