The first generation of AMD Accelerated Processing Units was based on "Llano" core, that merged Star/K10-based CPU cores with Radeon HD 6000 graphics. The A series processors had average CPU performance, however, thanks to integrated powerful GPU, they were well suited for graphics and video applications. In the forth quarter 2012 "Llano" parts will be replaced with faster second-generation "Trinity" APUs, featuring 1 or 2 Piledriver modules (2 or 4 CPU cores), and Radeon HD 7000-series graphics unit. Although the specifications of future A-Series microprocessors are well known, the prices are not. Fortunately, the complete upcoming A-Series lineup surfaced in US online store, which allowed us to estimate official prices of Trinity accelerated units:
The least expensive products will be dual-core A4-5300 and A6-5400K processors, both having 1 MB L2 cache and 65 Watt TDP. The former APU runs at 3.4 GHz, or up to 3.7 GHz with the help of Turbo Core technology. Its pre-order price is close to $60, and we can expect official price to be $5 - $10 lower than that. The unlocked A6-5400K is 200 MHz faster, and it can be easily overclocked for extra performance. Its pre-order price is about $74, and estimated official price could be lower than $70.
Quad-core APUs will be released under A8- and A10-Series brands. Priced slightly above $100, A8 chips should offer better price/performance ratio in multi-threaded applications than A4 and A6-Series processors. They will also have better graphics performance than dual-core APUs. The $109 price may come down a little once the Trinity processors are released, so the official price of A8s may be close to $100.
A10-Series parts will have 200 - 300 MHz higher clocks than the A8 SKUs, but they will also cost about $20 more. Pre-order price of A10 accelerated units is about $130, and we expect the official price to be in the $120 - $125 range.
All quad-core processors will have 4 MB L2 cache, 65 Watt TDP for locked chips, and 100 Watt TDP for unlocked ("K") chips. Detailed specifications and pre-order prices of Trinity CPUs can be found in the table below.
|A4-5300||2||3.4 GHz||3.7 GHz||1 MB||HD 7480D||65 Watt||$59.60|
|A6-5400K||2||3.6 GHz||3.8 GHz||1 MB||HD 7540D||65 Watt||$73.59|
|A8-5500||4||3.2 GHz||3.7 GHz||4 MB||HD 7560D||65 Watt||$109.38|
|A8-5600K||4||3.6 GHz||3.9 GHz||4 MB||HD 7560D||100 Watt||$109.38|
|A10-5700||4||3.4 GHz||4 GHz||4 MB||HD 7660D||65 Watt||$131.45|
|A10-5800K||4||3.8 GHz||4.2 GHz||4 MB||HD 7660D||100 Watt||$131.45|
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