AMD is all set to release the next generation of their APU series called Kaveri, based on the Steamroller architecture. It seems all that is left are final tests and mass production. But before that, we have a look at what the first 2 APU’s will have in features and specifications.
Confirmed earlier, 2 of the APU’s will be the A10-7700K and A10-7850K. As the name goes they are the successor of AMD’s A10-6xxx series APU.
It seems the A10-7850K will be AMD’s leading APU. AMD’s A10-7850K just like the rest of the “K” variants is an unlocked APU with 4 cores, a Base Clock of 3.7GHz and Turbo Core of 4.0GHz. While on the other hand the A10-7700K has a Base Clock of 3.5GHz and Turbo Core of 3.8GHz.
Both the APU’s in the graphics department will have the R7 2XXD as a GPU unit and will feature the new GCN architecture bringing forth Mantle , DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and AMD TrueAudio. While the A10-7850K will have 512 GPU cores and 8 GCN cores , the A10-7700K will have 384 GPU cores and 6 GCN cores. Both the GPU’s will be set at 720MHz which might not be enough for a dedicated GPU, but for an APU that might be more than enough.
Both the APU’s will have 4MB L2 cache while all this will require a 95W TDP for the A10-7850K , the A10-7700K will have a configurable TDP of 65W depending on the performance of the whole APU.
As far as prices go, both the APU’s are rumored to be tagged at around $150 something that Intel seems to fail to achieve with their higher priced products. All this will be confirmed on the 14th of January when both the APU’s are set to be launched. Further information will be available at CES 2014 and a full list of features will soon be unveiled. Amd has already got plans for their 2015 lineup with the Carrizo APU.