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[1]. 


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!


Motherboard Partners

  • ASUS
  • MSI
  • ASRock
  • Biostar
  • ECS
  • GIGABYTE
  • Jetway
  • Zotac
  • SAPPHIRE
  • Foxconn


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[2].


AMD A-Series Component Desktop APUs

APU Mode

AMD        Radeon™ Graphics

TDP

CPU Cores

CPU Clock (Max/Base)

AMD      Radeon™ Cores 

GPU Clock

L2 Cache

Max DDR3 Memory Support

Suggested Retail Pricing

A10-5800K

HD 7660D

100W

4

4.2 GHz / 3.8 GHz

384

800 MHz

4MB

1866 MHz

$122

A10-5700

HD 7660D

65W

4

4.0 GHz / 3.4 GHz

384

760 MHz

4MB

1866 MHz

$122

A8-5600K

HD 7560D

100W

4

3.9 GHz / 3.6 GHz

256

760 MHz

4MB

1866 MHz

$101

A8-5500

HD 7560D

65W

4

3.7 GHz /  3.2 GHz

256

760 MHz

4MB

1866 MHz

$101

A6-5400K

HD 7540D

65W

2

3.8 GHz /  3.6 GHz

192

760 MHz

1MB

1866 MHz

$67

A4-5300

HD 7480D

65W

2

3.6 GHz /  3.4 GHz

128

724 MHz

1MB

1600 MHz

$53

You may have caught a few of the previews of the new products back in late September. Here’s what a few of the top technology reviewers had to say:

“For anyone looking to build a good entry level gaming PC, the Trinity platform easily delivers the best processor graphics performance on the market today.”- Anand Shimpi, Anandtech

“For this preview we compared the AMD A10-5800K to the Intel Core i7-3770K ($329.99) and [Virgo] was found to be faster in our testing. Not bad and it is pretty amazing to see a processor that costs $200 less winning by such a large percentage in the benchmarks.” – Dan Stoltz, Legit Reviews

“The A10 was very efficient at idle, consuming only 44 watts at the wall (this was the entire system).”  Josh Walrath, PC Perspective

 

And let’s not forget our AMD Eyefinity technology. These are the only desktop APUs available that support a single-surface view across up to four monitors. In addition, our second-generation APUs include AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 series graphics, providing high-performance discrete-class graphics without an add-on graphics card. And if that isn’t enough, AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics support can boost performance by an additional 75 percent[3].

 

Do you feel the excitement inching up your spine? We certainly do! If you’re looking for a new desktop, eyeing a home theater PC, craving processing speed and stunning graphics – all without sacrificing value - don’t look any further than the new AMD A-Series APUs.  Planning an A-Series APU build? Let me hear from you (@jtrex) and send those specs and photos!

John Taylor is Director of Global Business Unit Marketing. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only.  Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 


[1] The Quad-core AMD A10-5800K using AMD Turbo Core technology has a maximum frequency of 4.2 GHz with a suggested retail price of $122 as compared to the Dual-core Intel Core i3 2120 / 3220 with a maximum frequency of 3.3 GHz (Intel Turbo Boost technology is not available for the Intel Core i3 family of processors) and a retail price of $124.99. Intel pricing on TigerDirect.com on 9/26/2012: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3734679&csid=_61

 

[2] AMD Performance Advantage refers to the advantages of desktop PCs over notebooks. Testing conducted by AMD performance labs using  PCMark7 benchmark, the AMD A10-5800K APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 7660D Graphics using 2x4GB DDR3-1866 and a 7200rpm Hard Drive with  Windows® 7 64 bit based on ES Silicon (Engineering Sample) on AMD Annapurna reference designs scored 2782 while the  AMD A10-4600M APU with Radeon™ HD7740G Graphics using 2x4GB DDR3-1600 and a 5400 RPM Hard Drive with Windows® 7 64 bit based on ES Silicon (Engineering Sample) on the Pumori reference design scored 1965 . All scores rounded to the nearest whole number. TRD-2

 

[3] Testing conducted by AMD performance labs using  DiRT 3™@ 1280x1024, DirectX®11 under medium settings.  The AMD A10-5800K APU with a AMD Radeon™ HD 6570 in AMD Dual Graphics mode scored and average of 92.62 fps while the AMD A10-5800K APU with only the AMD Radeon™ HD 6570 Graphics card enabled scored an average of 52.63 TRD-18