AMD 'Richland' APU details leaked

Summary:Details of AMD's upcoming "Richland" APUs, a follow on to the Trinity A-series parts, have been leaked by a Chinese tech news site.

AMD is set to show its current line-up of A-series Trinity processors the door later this year, and replace them with updated accelerated processing units (APUs), hardware will bring to the table a 20 to 40 percent performance advantage.

The new APUs, which are codenamed "Richland", are already shipping to OEMs, but AMD has so far been tight-lipped as to what the new line-up will consist of. However, Chinese tech site Expreview has posted information which allegedly details the new silicon.

According to the site, the new "Richland" desktop APU range consists of four quad-core parts, and a pair of dual-core parts.

At the top end is the quad-core A10-6800K, which features a built in Radeon HD 8670D mobile GPU, and has a TDP of 100W. This is a 'K' part, which means that it will come with unlocked CPU multipliers and GPU stream to unlock extreme overclocking.

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Next there's the quad-core A8-6600K with Radeon HD 8570D integrated graphics. This part also has a TDP of 100W, as well as having unlocked multipliers for ease of overclocking.

Also detailed are two 65W TDP quad-core variants, called the A10-6700 and A8-6500 respectively. The A10-6700 is equipped with Radeon HD 8670D GPU, while the A8-6500 has the more modest Radeon HD 8570D GPU. Both offer lower clock speeds to keep power consumption down and are the locked 'non-K' designs.

Finally, there are a pair of dual-core APUs, both with TDPs of 65W. These are the unlocked A6-6400K with Radeon HD 8470D integrated graphics, and the locked A4-6300 featuring Radeon HD 8430D integrated graphics.

No information on clock speeds or pricing was given.

"Richland" APUs are based on an updated Trinity architecture, and are built using the same 32-nanometer process and Piledriver CPU architecture. However, they differ from Trinity parts by having higher clock speeds, featuring updated Radeon HD 8000 series GPUs, and faster DDR3-2133MHz dual-channel memory controllers.

PCs featuring "Richland" silicon are expected to make an appearance in the second quarter of this year.

Topics: Hardware, Processors

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