AMD's A-Series based mobile products are set to release next week, and the line-up has been known for a while now. Following benchmark leaks of AMD's A8-3800 Desktop APU, DonanimHaber has now leaked of AMD's entire A-Series line-up for desktops, as well as forthcoming E-series desktop APUs.
The flagship A8 APU will be the A8-3850, featuring a quad-core 2.9 GHz CPU with a Radeon HD 6550D GPU with 400 SP clocked at 600 MHz. While the 2.9 GHz seems no more than the base clock of the Athlon II X4 635, the A8-3850 also packs in a HD 6500 class GPU under a total TDP of 100W. Interestingly, the 100W parts will not feature Turbo Core. Turbo Core will be utilized on the 65W part, A8-3800, which features a base CPU clock of 2.4 GHz with boost upto 2.7 GHz. It retains the same GPU, HD 6550D. AMD is taking power consumption seriously even for desktops, and squeezing a 2.4 / 2.7 GHz quad-core CPU and a 400 SP GPU under 65W is a formidable achievement.
The A6 series follows a similar pattern to the A8 series. The A6-3650 100W APU is clocked at 2.6 GHz but Turbo Core is absent. The 65W A6-3600 has a base clock of 2.1 GHz with Turbo Core of 2.4 GHz. Both feature a HD 6530D GPU with 320 SP clocked at 443 MHz.
Finally, the dual-core A4-3400 APU combines a 2.7 GHz dual-core CPU with a HD 6410D, 160SP at 600 MHz.
Like the notebook roadmap, a Llano-based E2 APU is present in the form of the E2-3200. This budget APU will be clocked at 2.4 GHz and combines a HD 6370D 160 SP GPU clocked at 443 MHz.
In Q3, a revised E-450 will release with a slightly improved GPU, HD 6320, a 50 MHz CPU boost and most notably, Turbo Core added to the Brazos platform. Other Zacate based APUs are also set to release.
AMD's A-Series line of APUs is set to compete mostly with Intel's Core i3 and Pentrium dual-core, and some entry level Core i5, with prices between $70 and $170
. In reality, AMD are trying to create a new segment of processors with no direct competition. As can be seen from the frequencies, the CPU performance alone will be uncompetitive with even AMD's last-gen Phenom II X4 products. However, the A-Series seeks to balance CPU and GPU performance at a low power envelope and high value for money. AMD's solution for the pure CPU performance will be the FX-Series.
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