Computex Taipei 2013: AMD

Written by Shivam Kumar on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 3:08 PM

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:

Compare AMD APU A10-6800K vs Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz

Compare AMD APU A10-6800K vs AMD APU A10-5800K

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 Computex boothwill 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!

 

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14:54 Jun-08-2013

Nintendo Wii U - powered by radeon hd 5000 series card
PS4 - powered by 8-core jaguar AMD CPU and Radeon 7000 series Card
One - Powered by AMDs same CPU and GPU as in PS4(there are small hardware diffs)

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15:15 Jun-08-2013

wow... 5000 series card...

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15:18 Jun-08-2013

Yeah... That's pretty bad.

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09:28 Jun-09-2013

what!? HD 5870 and HD 5970 are still top tier cards so 5000 series cards are still very potent and powerful

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09:36 Jun-09-2013

they are but little outdated by today's standards. especially in a "new gen" console........

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09:37 Jun-09-2013

they may not be powerhouses like the 680 but the HD 5870 can run almost all games on Ultra without AA @ 1920x1200

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09:41 Jun-09-2013

they can & i agree. they sound a little old to me imo. but they are great cards.

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09:44 Jun-09-2013

I understand what you mean though :D older doesn't necessarily mean weak this is an important lesson so you don't have that unnecessary urge to upgrade to what you don't need (although a little overkill results in future-proofing)

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09:48 Jun-09-2013

i meant those cards has the power to max out most of the modern games out there. and i know they are about 3 gen old. but still "5870" sounds a little more old than GTX 460. just sayin...

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09:50 Jun-09-2013

the HD 5xxx series is actually a few months newer than GTX 4xx if I'm wrong please correct me

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10:51 Jun-09-2013

heh didn' know that. thx for the info

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11:10 Jun-09-2013

wtf you're complaining about guys ??!!
my GT650M is 78% worse than HD5850 and I can play most games at high settings at 1280x1024 or 1600x900, sometimes even max them :Đ

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11:14 Jun-09-2013

My thoughts exactly... I'm surprised i haven't given you a thumbs up yet

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18:33 Jun-09-2013

@Soul Calm down I wasn't saying the 5xxx series was bad. I was say the new Wii is bad. They probably used something like a 5670, and not one of the powerhouses like the 5950 or 5870.

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00:07 Jun-10-2013

lol I'm not mad or anything xD just wanted to show thasan that old doesn't necessarily mean weak :D

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00:38 Jun-10-2013

It's cool... I know some old cards are still amazing, like the HD 5990 or the Asus Mars II.

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03:17 Jun-10-2013

@XxSoultheKeeperXx i never meant old cards are weak, i just said the name seems too old for me even thogh its about 3 gen old. it seems more like 5 gen old.

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20:04 Jun-18-2013

Look at my CPU, it's nearing 3 years of age but is it weak? :P

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13:15 Aug-09-2013

It's outstanding :D

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14:09 Jun-08-2013

Oooh Man if this goes with same pace amd will beat Playstation and Xbox.

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19:24 Jun-09-2013

well the xbox and ps4 will use AMD anyways

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07:03 Jun-08-2013

this apu would make pc no different than consoles..

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21:41 Jun-07-2013

exactly as I thought:
if AMD cannot rule the sole cpus, they'll go totally destroy Intel+nVidia with their APUs (which can soon become very powerful) :Đ

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06:12 Jun-08-2013

pretty much worth for a poor gamer like me :D

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17:40 Jun-07-2013

hmm, steamroller eh? Looks exciting, and APU with FX-9350+8950 would be awesome!

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08:48 Jun-08-2013

Yeah, that would be great. Then it would fit into a small form factor case, and I could get rid of this giant tower in my room...

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14:22 Jun-08-2013

what case have you got? the biggest case I know of is the CM Cosmos 2

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14:24 Jun-08-2013

NZXT Switch 810. It's pretty big.

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20:01 Jun-18-2013

That's nothing, check out my old case :P

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18:12 Jun-28-2013

is that a full tower case? and why so disk drives. even my other prehistoric PC didn't have this many drives.

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17:09 Jun-07-2013

Wow, can't wait for Steamroller 8 core CPU.... That will be fun.

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16:31 Jun-07-2013

AMD is killin the market in terms of performance (next gen performances not single threaded tasks ie..intel gtfo) vs cost amd ftw

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16:17 Jun-07-2013

i see from the article that i3 will only be for tablets and ultrabooks? so does this mean i5's will be cheaper? or atleast intel will make low performance i5 to take its plance. if there is cheap i5's that will be good if not i'd just have to go towards AMD for my next build[ which hopefully i'll have in a year]

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16:18 Jun-07-2013

Doubt it bro, would be cool if that does happen ;)

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17:09 Jun-07-2013

i5 definitely not going to be cheaper. i doubt it. it seems that intel is planning to have only i5 and above for desktop.

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17:17 Jun-07-2013

eh well in a way its good news for me. i might be the 1st one to have an AMD build in my area. or i get a cooler and a GFX card for my current rig...

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22:17 Jun-07-2013

the new i5s are not as cheap as we'd like, but some of the new i7s are nicely priced, i must admit!
i havent heard of anything lower than i3 from intel... so its rather unknown what they plan to do with lower and mid end cpus like pentium, celeron and i3...

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06:02 Jun-08-2013

i saw them too but my main concern is the i3 as i can not afford anything higher than that.

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16:13 Jun-07-2013

Those prices are very affordable :)

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22:15 Jun-07-2013

...and we all know that they will drop a bit eventually!

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16:04 Jun-07-2013

is it me or ruby looks different...

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15:54 Jun-07-2013

Is a8-6500 avabile?

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16:05 Jun-07-2013

Yes =)

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17:15 Jun-07-2013

in my country is more than 100$

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22:13 Jun-07-2013

that is logical. wait for prices to drop, as this is an extremely new product! :)

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15:48 Jun-07-2013

Quoting from the above comparison link B/w 6800K & 4770K, On the right hand side column it is written
"The Core i7-4770K 4-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The APU A10-6800K, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all."
Its pretty bad error. Beats the entire idea of an APU.

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22:14 Jun-07-2013

the error is in the comparison of course. i also found it weird it shows that a10 6800k has no on board graphics, its just funny

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