In the previous part, Computex Taipei 2013: Intel Haswell, we discussed Intel's Haswell architecture and their presence at Computex.
In this part, I will be discussing the reveals and demos by AMD at the show. While mostly we'll be looking at the new Richland APUs, there are a few other bits of interest...
On 5th June, AMD launched the A10-6800K, A10-6700, A8-6600K, A8-6500, and A6-6400K, although still no sign of the launch of the A4-6300. Most of the new processors are unsurprisingly quad cores, and will bundle HD 8000 series Integrated Graphics along with them. Early reports claim that these processors will have around 20% better performance when compared to a Trinity APU. These numbers look great in comparison to Intel's Haswells, which only provide a 5-10% performance enhancement when compared to Ivy Bridge.
There is a new feature that enables support for DDR3 2133MHz memory stick, but this is only available with the A10-6800K, all other models still only feature 1866MHz RAM support. One more major difference between Richland and Trinity is the core frequency. The new APUs boast base frequencies in the range of 3.5GHz to 4.1GHz; which increases again in turbo mode. The highest frequency that can be achieved (without overclocking) from Richland APUs is 4.4GHz, on the flagship A10-6800K.
All A8 and A10 processors are quad core modules and feature 4MB of cache, while the A6 processor is a dual core CPU. All the CPUs have a TDP value of 65W, except those with unlocked core multiplier having 100W TDP value. These APUs will also support major x86 instruction sets including AES, FMA3 and AVX. All the Richland processors will either be on A85X, A75 or A55 chipsets, and will fit into FM2 sockets.
Talking about the prices of these APUs, they will be around 12% more expensive than Trinity. Below is the detailed information about these processors:
The specifications of the A4-6300 are not included as it hasn't yet been launched. The A4-6300 is a dual core module with 2 threads and 1 MB of L2 cache. The APU has a base frequency of 3.7GHz which increases to 3.9GHz when in turbo boost mode. The processor bundles HD 8370D with it, which runs at a frequency of 760 MHz. All these things are provided by the CPU with a TDP value of 65W.
Here's some preliminary CPU comparisons; they will be updated once more information is available:
The prices of these APUs are far better than the prices of the new Haswell CPUs. These processors have been made available to buy via the usual retailers, such as Amazon and Newegg. It is expected that the street prices of these processors will be slightly different from the official prices.
AMD is also showing off their 4th generation of APUs, nicknamed "Kaveri". These will be the first APUs to house AMD's upcoming Steamroller cores, which are expected to deliver around 15 to 20 percent improvement for Instructions Per Cycle. These chips will be based on 28 nm lithography. The major feature of these APUs will be HUMA (Heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access) memory architecture. Below is an image helping to explain the HUMA memory architecture:
AMD showed off these new APUs with a video demo of something named Ruby: Project Phoenix. The video is a bit shabby as it was recorded with a camera, but the real video will hopefully be released soon.
AMD's Lisa Su spoke on the Computex stage to talk about what AMD has lined up for the future. She said that they have a lot of commitment and confidence in their APUs, and that it has been a great time in computing for providing more and more space for graphics on the same dies. She claimed that APUs will be the future of computing. AMD also showed off their 2013 product roadmap at the event:
Kaveri APUs are set to release later this year. This time AMD is also focusing on tablet and other mobile devices; similar to Intel, who made the Haswell i3's only for tablets and ultra-efficient laptops. Su said in her talk:
"The message from AMD is that our product portfolio is strong and that we're executing very, very well to our products."
Below is the video showing Lisa Su at the Computex stage:
AMD on their official blog page have reported that they will be highly active during the conference, and will show off many new products:
"AMD will be highly active at Computex, unveiling exciting innovations and engaging with fellow trailblazers in technology. Our will be jam-packed with hands-on demos of our latest technology including tablets, APUs and GPUs. Visitors will have the chance to test out the top Never Settle: Reloaded titles on many of these systems."
We haven't seen any teasers for upcoming titles, but Computex is still running, so we can expect a few more juicy tidbits. As I said in my earlier news on Computex, I will be doing a round up of the event after the close, in which I'll cover anything I've missed so far.
What are your views on the Kaveri APUs? Are these low prices enough to beat Intel? What game titles do you expect from AMD? Tell us below!