AMD launches A-Series and the first 32nm Athlon II X4 CPUs

Earlier this month, we reported on pre-order prices of several forthcoming AMD A-series and Athlon II X4 microprocessors, built on new 32nm Llano core. Based on these prices, we projected that the A6-3600 and A8-3800 APUs will cost the same as A6-3650 and A8-3850 models, or very close to them. We also estimated $90 - $100 price for triple-core A6-3500, and $80 - $90 range for the Athlon II X4 631. AMD today added these processors to official pricelist, and the prices are slightly better than we estimated. AMD also listed all CPUs on AMD processor products pages.

AMD A-Series A8-3800 is a quad-core CPU with 2.4 GHz clock speed, and maximum 2.7 GHz Turbo Core frequency. This model comes with 4 x 1 MB L2 cache, and 65 Watt Thermal Design Power. The A8-3800 APU integrates Radeon HD 6550D graphics unit, clocked at 600 MHz, and featuring 400 shaders. The price of this chip is $129, which is $6 cheaper than the A8-3850.

A-Series A6-3600 operates at lower 2.1 GHz frequency, and it also has lower 2.4 GHz Turbo Core speed. The microprocessor incorporates Radeon HD 6530D GPU with 443 MHz clock, and 320 shader units. This model is priced at $109.

AMD A6-3500 has three CPU cores and 3 x1 MB L2 cache, whereas all other CPU features are indistinguishable from the A6-3600 APU. The price of this SKU is $89.

The first Athlon II-branded socket FM1 processor, quad-core 631, operates at 2.6 GHz, has 4 x 1 MB L2 cache, and, apparently, comes without integrated graphics processing unit. At mere $79, this is the cheapest model from all 32nm Llano processors, released today.

Please see the table below for processor details.

ModelCoresThreadsFrequencyTurbo FrequencyL2 cacheTDPPrice
A6-Series A6-3500332.1 GHz2.4 GHz3 MB65 Watt$89
A6-Series A6-3600442.1 GHz2.4 GHz4 MB65 Watt$109
A8-Series A8-3800442.4 GHz2.7 GHz4 MB65 Watt$129
Athlon II X4 631442.6 GHzN/A4 MB100 Watt$79

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Comments: 2

 

2011-09-02 04:50:36
Posted by: analin

what are the difference of a series amd processors to amd athlon x4 series??what is nm stands for?

 

2011-09-02 21:37:35
Posted by: gshv

The difference is that the A-Series CPUs integrate graphics processing unit, and Athlon II X4 CPUs supposedly don't have it. Which means that you'll need a separate video card for socket FM1 Athlon II processors.

nm is a nanometer. 32nm technological process is the latest one employed by AMD and Intel.

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