By: John Taylor, Director of Global Business Unit Marketing at AMD.
I am always looking for an excuse to build a new desktop PC, and this week my employer AMD gave me just the excuse I need to get the credit card out: new A-Series APUs (A-Series brand equals AMD’s best APU products) and new socket FM2 motherboards from AMD partners. To trigger a new build, my standards are fairly high, though – just the release of a new processor alone is not enough to send me online to start filling up a shopping basket. I want to build PCs that are part of some big new wave that lets me experience firsthand the technology that will drive the DIY PC realm for years ahead. Same thing for PC games – I don’t buy and play them all, but there are some titles that are so highly anticipated, or move the industry forward in a big way, that you just have to buy and play.
Today, we’re excited to announce retail and channel availability for our second-generation desktop AMD A-Series APUs and the attending FM2 infrastructure that will power future generations of AMD accelerated processors. With these APUs, I can build a very affordable PC that can power today’s games and coolest digital media experiences in a single chip, or I can go a little higher end with my build and include an A-Series APU/AMD Radeon discrete graphics pairing for Dual Graphics performance. All at the industry’s most competitive prices.
Our second-generation desktop AMD A-Series APUs offer up to 4 “Piledriver” cores and up to 4.2 GHz of processing speed to deliver an incredibly responsive, high performance experience. DIYers look for value and an easy upgrade path so we made sure new FM2 motherboards will support future generations of our AMD A-Series APUs making upgrades simple and cost-effective!
What kind of speed can you expect from our second-generation desktop APUs? Take a look for yourself! From our AMD A6-5400 to the A10-5800K APUs, we’re proud of the performance increases delivering up to 40% more performance than our mobile platforms which bring brilliant visual experiences to the desktop.
|AMD A-Series Component Desktop APUs|
AMD Radeon™ Graphics
CPU Clock (Max/Base)
AMD Radeon™ Cores
Max DDR3 Memory Support
Suggested Retail Pricing
|4.2 GHz / 3.8 GHz|
4.0 GHz / 3.4 GHz
3.9 GHz / 3.6 GHz
3.7 GHz / 3.2 GHz
3.8 GHz / 3.6 GHz
3.6 GHz / 3.4 GHz