AMD launch Kaveri APUs back in January and showed promising performance. APUs indeed have a future but not in the mainstream desktops but a niche of its own. Today, AMD has released three new Kaveri APUs out of which two have a locked multiplier. Kaveri A10-7800, A8-7600 and A6-7400K are not much different from their counter parts except for the introduction of configurable TDPs. The 65 W APUs can be adjusted to 45 W which lowers the clock speeds of the APU’s compute cores.
AMD launches three new Kaveri APUs
|Compute Cores||124 CPU/8 GPU||124 CPU/8 GPU||104 CPU/6 GPU||104 CPU/6 GPU||62 CPU/4 GPU|
|Max Turbo/ CPU Frequency||4.0/3.7 GHz||3.9/3.5 GHz||3.8/3.4 GHz||3.8/3.1 GHz||3.9/3.5 GHz|
|AMD Configurable TDP||Yes||Optimized (45 W)||No||Optimized (45 W)||Optimized (45 W)|
AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU
A10-7800 has similar specifications to its older sibling A10-7850K. The only different between the two is that the later comes with an unlocked multiplier. A10-7800 has a 65 W TDP rating which be optimized and lowered to 45 W.
The TDP is configured through the BIOS which reduces the clock speeds by 400-500 MHz during full load while still enabling Turbo. So A10-7800 on 45 W mode will operate at a maximum of 3.5 GHz with Turbo. AMD claims that users will only experience roughly 6-8 % performance decrease on 45 W mode which is compensated by more power savings.
AMD A8-7600 and A6-7400K Kaveri APUs
AMD A8-7600 also comes with a locked multiplier and features 10 computes cores with 4 of them assigned to CPU and 6 assigned to GPU. It also supports the optimized TDP technology and can be adjusted to run at 45 W mode. A6-7400K is the only new APU which features an unlocked multiplier and also supports configurable TDP. The APU features 6 computes cores with 2 assigned to CPU and four to GPU. It will be interesting to see how much effect does the configurable TDP makes on overclocking the unlocked APU.
All three new APUs also incorporate the technologies which were part of the Kaveri APU line up in January. These include Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), Unified Memory for both CPU and GPU (hUMA), heterogeneous queuing of kernels (hQ), Graphics Core Next (GCN) with Mantle and AMD TrueAudio.
Lastly, with every purchase of AMD A10-7800, A8-7600 and A6-7400K APUs consumers will receive a free game. Users will have the option of choosing one game out of three – Sniper Elite III, Thief and Murdered Soul Suspect. This offer is available in North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia Pacific/Japan.
You can check out Anandtech’s review of AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU.