HP computers with AMD A8-5500 and A10-5700 APUs sold in US
In May AMD launched second generation of Accelerated Processing Units (APU), based on "Trinity" core. The first "Trinity" products were mobile processors, that were quickly followed by embedded chips. Desktop "Trinity" CPUs were announced in June, and their planned availability date in OEM systems was the end of June. One of these OEM systems, HP Pavilion p7-1235 with AMD A8-5500 processor, is already offered in US. The HP desktop PC is currently available on Walmart and Best Buy online websites. The HP Pavilion p7-1235 is not stock in most Walmart and Best Buy brick-and-mortar stores yet, however it can be ordered online with a "ship to store" option.
According to Walmart and Best Buy websites, the AMD A8-5500 is quad-core APU with 3.2 GHz clock speed, 4MB L2 cache, and AMD Radeon HD 7560D graphics. It was also previously reported that the CPU has 3.7 GHz Turbo core frequency, 65 Watt TDP and it is compatible with socket FM2. The on-chip HD 7560D graphics has 256 shader units, running at 760 MHz.
The A8-5500 is the slowest from the first 4 desktop accelerated units, that were announced back in June. With the launch of these APUs in OEM PCs, the most pressing question for computer enthusiasts now would be when the processors, as well as socket FM2 motherboards, will be available in retail?
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Update (July 1): The stores now sell HP Pavilion p7-1240 model, that comes with AMD A10-5700 APU. This processor also has 4 CPU cores, 4 MB L2 cache, and it fits the same 65 Watt TDP, as the A8-5500. The A10-5700 is somewhat faster in non-graphics applications than the 5500 due to 200 MHz higher core frequency and 300 MHz higher Turbo Core speed. The 5700 also comes with more powerful HD 7660D GPU, that boasts 50% more shaders, and it should perform visibly faster in graphics applications than the HD 7560D.
Besides faster APU, the Pavilion p7-1240 has 2 extra GB of RAM, while remaining desktop components seem to be identical to the HP p7-1235. In addition to Walmart, Best Buy, and possibly other brick and mortar stores, the computers are also sold by Amazon. The Pavilion p7-1235 is priced at $539.99, and the p7-1240 is available for $599.99.
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