AMD A-Series to launch on October 2, FX-Series on October 23
While Intel is almost done releasing new desktop processors for the rest of the year, AMD has only started. Next month we will see new lineups, based on the latest AMD Piledriver microarchitecture, which is a tweaked for better performance and power consumption Bulldozer architecture. A-Series "Trinity" Accelerated Processing Units will target budget / mainstream segments of the desktop market, and, according to SemiAccurate, they will be introduced on October 2. For the performance segment of the desktop market, AMD will release FX-Series "Vishera" CPUs with unlocked clock multiplier. Based on Xbit sources, FX processors will launch on October 23.
AMD A-Series will consist from 4 different families: dual-core A4- and A6-series with Radeon HD 7480D and HD 7540D graphics, and quad-core A8- and A10-Series with HD 7560D and 7660D GPUs. Dual-core parts will have 1 MB L2 cache, and they will be rated at 65 Watt TDP. Quad-core APUs will come with 4 MB L2 cache, and fit into 65 Watt or 100 Watt thermal envelope. "Trinity" products will be clocked up to 25% higher than previous generation of "Llano" APUs, however performance difference between them will be smaller than 25% due to lower efficiency of Piledriver microarchitecture. All processors will support Turbo Core technology, that can raise clock speeds by 200 MHz - 500 MHz when necessary. Furthermore, several SKUs will have clock multiplier unlocked. "Trinity" APUs utilize new socket FM2, incompatible with socket FM1, that was used by "Llano" generation. Pre-order prices for the chips range from $60 for A4-5300, and up to $131 for A10-5800K. Official prices of A-Series APUs are not known yet.
Similar to A-Series products, FX family will be comprised of three subfamilies: FX-4300 series with 4 CPU cores, FX-6300 series with 6 cores, and FX-8300 series with 8 cores. In addition to L2 cache, the CPUs will have from 4 to 8 MB of shared L3 cache. Stock frequencies of FX processors will go as high as 4 GHz, with Turbo Core adding another 200 MHz - 600 MHz on top of it. The CPUs are going to have higher TDP than A-Series APUs, from 95 Watt to 125 Watt, and fit into socket AM3+ boards. Pre-order prices of FX microprocessors are in the $131 - $253 range, and their official prices are unknown at this time.
Detailed specifications of upcoming APUs and CPUs are provided below.
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