E2- and A-Series desktop APU line-up revealed
Last Friday, DonanimHaber published updated line-up from soon to be released A-Series and E2-Series desktop APUs. The new line-up includes 5 A-Series microprocessors with 2 and 4 CPU cores, and one budget dual-core E2-3200 model. All upcoming chips use "Llano" core, that merges 32nm version of K10 CPU with high-performance graphics engine. The newly-available specifications are close to A- and E2-Series specs, that appeared in March of this year. The final line-up uses different model numbers, and there are minor changes in the size of L2 cache and DDR3 memory support for the A4-3400 model:
A6 or A8 families are comprised of "Llano" processors with 4 CPU cores, 4 MB level 2 cache, and support for DDR3-1866 memory. A8-38xx APUs feature HD 6550D graphics with 600 MHz clock rate and 400 shader units, and the A6-36xx chips incorporate weaker HD 6530D GPU with 320 shaders and 443 MHz frequency. Each of these series comes with one CPU without Turbo Core feature, rated at 100 Watt TDP. These processors are A6-3650, clocked at 2.6 GHz, and A8-3850 with 2.9 GHz frequency. There are also two Turbo Core-enabled models with 65 Watt TDP, A6-3600 with 2.1 GHz base and 2.4 GHz core frequencies, and A8-3800 with 2.4 GHz / 2.7 GHz frequencies. So far we were able to locate part numbers for two out of four APUs from the A6 and A8 families. The A6-3650 will have AD3650WNZ43GX tray and AD3650WNGXBOX box part numbers, and the A8-3850 will use AD3850WNZ43GX and AD3850WNGXBOX tray / box numbers. Pictures and graphics benchmarks of A8-3850 were recently posted in TweakTown forum. The poster reported P1148 score for 3Dmark 11, P4400 score for 3Dmark Vantage, and 7650 score for 3Dmark 2006 benchmarks for a CPU at stock core and GPU frequencies.
Dual-core APUs will be released under A4- and E2-Series family brands. AMD A4-3400 dual-core processor has 2.7 GHz core clock, 1 MB L2 cache and Radeon HD 6410D graphics with 600 MHz clock and 160 shader units. E2-3200, which is expected to be the least expensive CPU from the line-up, operates at 2.4 GHz, and has on-chip GPU, running at 443 MHz.
All desktop "Llano" microprocessors from E2 and A-Series will require FM1 motherboard. Needless to say, that the processors will not be compatible with existing socket AM2+/AM3 motherboards for Athlon II / Phenom II CPUs, and with socket AM3+ motherboards for future Bulldozer FX microprocessors. Prices for A- and E2-Series APUs, reported in May, ranged from $70 for E2 chip, and up to $170 for the flagship A8 model. Early pre-order prices, that we've seen, were $237 for boxed A6-3650, and about $280 for boxed A8-3850.
Update (June 17): Pre-order prices for desktop A-Series chips fell down significantly in the past 4 days. The cheapest boxed A8-3850 CPUs is now priced for less than $145, and the A6-3650 is sold for about $120. The APUs can be pre-ordered from sites like provantage.com and pcsuperstore.com.
Related News (newer articles):
Oct 21, 2011: AMD E2-3200 is shipped in HP PCs, New Llano core revision
Aug 25, 2011: Pre-order prices of A4-Series desktop CPUs
Aug 08, 2011: Pre-order prices of upcoming Llano processors
Jun 29, 2011: Launch dates of AMD E2- and A-Series desktop CPUs
Jun 27, 2011: Llano desktop CPUs to launch on June 30
Related News (older articles):
May 23, 2011: Prices of AMD FX-, E2- and A-Series desktop CPUs leaked
Mar 19, 2011: First Llano A-series CPUs detailed