AMD releases Richland Desktop APUs

AMD’s Richland APUs have been in news for quite a while with numerous numbers of leaks and performance numbers. Finally, AMD is officially releasing the Richland Desktop APUs. The new APUs are now dubbed as AMD Elite A-Series Desktop APUs, according to the new classification scheme by the company. Technical details and specifications haven’t been hidden from us and we’ve covered it earlier as well.

AMD Richland Desktop APUs (1) AMD Richland Desktop APUs

Anyhow, let me give a brief run-down of what’s new and what’s not with the new Elite A-Series desktop APUs. To begin with, the Richland APUs are based on the same 32nm manufacturing process and same internal architecture as the Trinity APUs. On hardware level, the transistors are more efficient now which has let AMD to increase the clocks on almost all the parts. The top-end A10-6800K now comes with 4.1 GHz base clock and 4.4 GHz max-turbo as compared to 3.8 GHz and 4.2 GHz on the last generation A10-5800K. Furthermore, the Richland APUs come with Radeon HD 8000D series graphics with 384, 256, 192 or 128 GPU cores depending on the SKU. GPUs clocks have also got a slight bump.

AMD Elite A-Series Desktop APUs aka Richland

A10-6800K A10-6700 A8-6600K A8-6500 A6-6400K
Modules/Cores 2/4 2/4 2/4 2/4 1/2
CPU Base Freq 4.1 3.7 3.9 3.5 3.9
Max Turbo 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.1
TDP 100W 65W 100W 65W 65W
Graphics HD 8670D HD 8670D HD 8570D HD 8570D HD 8470D
GPU Cores 384 384 256 256 192
GPU Clock 844 844 844 800 800
L2 Cache 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 2x2MB 1MB
Max DDR3 2133 2133 2133 2133 2133
Price $142 $142 $112 $112 $80

With higher clocks, the Richland APUs are expected to perform around 5-25% faster than the Trinity APUs in CPU dependent tasks. And on the GPU side, we’ll get to see around 10% performance increment. With all the increments, AMD has also increased the prices by around $10-20 but still AMD’s offerings are considerably cheaper than their Intel counterparts.

The Richland APUs use the same FM2 socket as the Trinity APUs through the A85X, A75, and A55 platform. However, motherboard manufacturers will be launching new boards with more features in the upcoming days.

We are working on a review of A10-6800K and A10-6700K. It’ll be published later today.


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