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Building a PC with the New AMD A-Series APU

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The new AMD A-Series APU for desktop has arrived and this marks an exciting time for custom PC builders.

The 4th generation desktop AMD A-series APUs are designed around AMD’s proven Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture combined with a new x86 microarchitecture, “Steamroller”. Tying these two types of compute core together is a new interconnect which enables the world’s first heterogeneous systems architecture featured processor. With hUMA (heterogeneous unified memory) and hQ (heterogeneous queuing), AMD included AMD TrueAudio technology and PCI-Express Gen. 3 support for the first time in an APU.

For custom builders, our new A-Series APUs maximize the compute and graphics capabilities of your PCs without sacrificing the freedom to create compact and sleek form factors. With AMD configurable TDP options, the possibilities are enormous!

The 4th generation desktop APU has support for UltraHD (4K) resolutions, making it ideal for building home entertainment PCs. You can now stream H.265 encoded content straight from the internet and have accessible gaming on the big screen.

As the product reviews manager for our APUs and CPUs at AMD, it’s my job to show our latest APU technology in the best light. I’m responsible for putting together a fantastic APU-powered machine to showcase with press and to the public at events.

With the launch of our new APUs, we’ve collaborated with some incredible technology partners to make this possible. Here are some of the companies we collaborated with to build our ultimate AMD APU machine:

For this build, we used the A8-7600 APU, which will be shipping in Q1 2014. Like all of the APUs in the 2014 A-Series APU family, it’s already equipped with Radeon R7 Series graphics.

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Our selections for technology partnerships were based on using off the shelf components in the pursuit of creating a powerful, quiet, and massively attractive PC that is at home in the svelte modern office as it is in the avant garde ‘man cave’. Now that the new generation of APUs are finally here, it’s your turn to tell us: how will you build your dream AMD APU machine?

James Prior is product reviews manager, APU/CPU at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

*Originally posted by Stella Lee in AMD on Jan 21, 2014 3:41:00 PM