AMD refreshes C- and E-Series APU with better 3D graphics and battery life

Summary:AMD's budget-friendly updated C- and E-Series APUs now offer 3D photo and video playback on 3D HDTVs and monitors, better memory bandwidth and 10-plus hour battery life. Take that, Intel.

AMD's budget Fusion accelerated processing unit (APU) that combines the CPU and GPU on a single silicon just got even better today, for both the C- and E-Series processors.

The AMD Fusion-powered computers are already turning heads with consumers wondering how the lower priced devices with dedicated-level DirectX 11 graphics compare with the slightly more expensive, Intel Core-powered but usually with only integrated graphics computers. Now the C- and E-Series APUs offer even better graphics-related enhancements:

  • Enhanced HD graphics capabilities
  • Performance boosts with enhanced memory
  • DisplayPort ++ for connecting to any HDMI or DisplayPort-enabled monitor or TV
  • 12 hours of resting battery life on a single charge for the C-Series APU -- a nearly four hour increase over previous platforms -- and 10.5 hours for the E-Series

As a result, E-Series APUs now have better memory bandwidth, run faster and especially during video playback; with HDMI 1.4, the machines can now display 3D photos and videos on 3D HDTVs and monitors; and portable devices like laptops could never have long enough battery life.

New laptops, netbooks, ultrabooks and all-in-one desktops that use the AMD Fusion technology will start shipping today with these minor but welcomed improvements. Will current owners of A-Series APU computers get a similar update for their processor?

Do you have a computer running an AMD APU? How are you liking it so far? Share with us in the comments.

[Source: AMD press release]


Topics: Processors


Gloria Sin is a New York-based freelance journalist who writes about the tech toys that you can't live without for ZDNet. She has little patience for poorly designed user experiences, and is not afraid of opening the guts of her own machines for repair or hacking her gadgets for new uses.She has written for, Popular Scienc... Full Bio

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