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

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]