With AMD’s much-discussed Zen processor now pushed back to 2017, there’s been some question as to what the company would do for a 2016 CPU lineup. On the GPU side, we already know that there are new graphics solutions coming to market by the middle of the year. What’s happening on CPUs?
AMD is kicking off the year with three new chip launches — the A10-7860K, the A6-7470K, and the AMD Athlon X4 845. Two of the three are minor tweaks to the chips we’ve seen before — the A10-7860K has a slightly higher GPU clock compared to the A10-7850K AMD launched two years ago (757MHz, up from 720MHz) but a lower base clock (3.6GHz, down from 3.7GHz). The big improvement is in the chip’s TDP, which falls from 95W to 65W. That’s a substantial improvement in and of itself, but it’s not going to sell anyone on Kaveri / Godaveri’s performance who wasn’t an AMD fan in the first place.
The most interesting chip AMD is debuting is the AMD Athlon X4 845. This is the first desktop Carrizo part we’ve seen, but AMD is launching this core as a CPU, not an APU.