AMD made some announcements about new products, covering gaps in their marketing line.
An 8-core piledriver FX processor, just like FX-8320 or FX-8350, but with lower TDP and frequencies, the FX-8300 which was-until recently-only available to OEMs and wasn't sold in retail might appeal to people who use to get a cheap 8-core for low power consumption, or to overclock it and get a whole lot for their money.
But perhaps most importantly, following the habbits of previous releases like the Athlon II X4 760K, the new Steamroller-based Athlon II X4 860K will be released. It's just like an A10 APU, without an integrated graphics card, while remaining unlocked. Enthusiasts who wish to overclock it or people who wished for a cheaper Steamroller based CPU/APU to use along a dedicated GPU may like this product.
But of course, in the end it's always a matter of performance and cost (and power consumption or thermals).
Moving on to a few technical details:
Piledriver-based FX-8300 a dedicated low-power processors, equipped with Eight-core design, AM3+ Socket, the same as above one not locked multiplier, the official did not publish detailed specifications, predict the base frequency frequency should be around 3.2-3.5GHz, should also have 8MB L2/L3 cache, TDP may be 95W.
Athlon II X4 860K processor can be understood as A10 series APU without Graphic Coreversion, equipped with four cores, unlocked multiplier, FM2+ Socket, with A55, A75, A85, A88X other chips as group match. It is just a CPU – not an APU. AMD has fitted the CPU with 2 MB of L2 cache. Please note this, since other Steamroller APUs have 4 MB of L2 cache.
According to website http://wccftech.com , there will also be a slightly lower-clocked AMD Athlon X4 840, as well as the AMD Athlon X4 550, AMD Athlon X4 530, AMD A4-7300 and AMD Athlon X2 450.
For a comparison table of specs check out their article:
The next announcement is about the Chinese version of the Never Settle game bundle plan, indeed with Chinese characteristics, the first cooperative game is the last mentioned “DOTA 2″, “fighting God of War”, “Dream Three Kingdoms”, to obtain the corresponding free game you have to buy an AMD graphics card.
What do you think about these new products, especially the Steamroller based Athlons?
I think that if they are priced competitively, they will totally replace the previous Athlons, FX-4000 series or even FX-6000 series, while competing with Intel Core i3s, but I find the lower L2 cache, if it is true after all, to be a step back, since these APUs and CPUs lack L3 cache as well.
I'll ask Pip to add any of the missing CPUs and APUs in order to have a clearer view.