We previously reported that the second generation of Accelerated Processing units (APUs) from AMD will launch on October 2. New A-series processors, codenamed "Trinity", are expected to have better CPU and GPU performance then older "Llano" counterparts. The upcoming A-Series products are produced in socket FM2 form factor, incompatible with previous generation of socket FM1 motherboards, and that is one of the main drawbacks of the soon to be released accelerated units. Their official prices are not known yet. The APUs were available for pre-order since beginning of September, and at this time several "Trinity" boxed SKUs are available from at least one big online retailer. Amazon currently sells three different quad-core models, priced between $120 and $149.
AMD A10-5800K is the best performing A-Series microprocessor, and, obviously, it will be the most expensive one. Amazon sells it for $144.50 with free shipping, whereas other third party sellers on the same site sell it as low as $132 with extra shipping charges. This price is close to official introduction prices of A8-3850 and A8-3870K "Llano" processors. Compared to flagship products from the previous generation of APUs, the A10-5800K will offer about 27% higher CPU and 33% higher GPU frequencies at the same power level. Because the new products were designed to scale better with frequency, rather than to be more efficient at the same clock speed, the actual CPU performance is expected to be lower than 27%.
AMD A10-5700 is for those, who is not into overclocking, and who wants to trade a bit of performance for better energy efficiency. Compared to the A10-5800K, the 5700 SKU has CPU and GPU clocks reduced by 10% and 5% respectively. Boxed version of this APU is sold by Amazon for $149.
Third APU, A8-5600K, seems to have a good compromise between performance and price, especially when better CPU performance is needed. The processor is priced at $121.55 by Amazon, and even cheaper by third-party sellers. CPU performance of this A8 part should be within 5% of the A10-5800K. It's very likely that graphics performance of the A8-5600K will be noticeably worse than the 5800K, owing to 33% smaller number of GPU shader units.
Specifications of new Accelerated Units are provided below:
|A8-5600K||4||3.6 GHz||3.9 GHz||4 MB||HD 7560D||256||100 Watt|
|A10-5700||4||3.4 GHz||4 GHz||4 MB||HD 7660D||384||65 Watt|
|A10-5800K||4||3.8 GHz||4.2 GHz||4 MB||HD 7660D||384||100 Watt|
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