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Not quite in time for the holiday shopping season, AMD has announced that it will be launching no less than 13 new APUs, of which five are new desktop models and the rest are mobile. Most of the new models are slight speed bumps, but the long awaited unlocked K SKU for desktop is finally here.

Not quite in time for the holiday shopping season, AMD has announced that it will be launching no less than 13 new APUs, of which five are new desktop models and the rest are mobile. Most of the new models are slight speed bumps, but the long awaited unlocked K SKU for desktop is finally here.

The potentially two most interesting models for consumers on the desktop side are the A8-3870K and the A6-3670K, both being the first multiplier unlocked APUs from AMD. We should point out that the GPU core is also unlocked on these models and we're of course looking at a pair of 100W TDP chips here. Neither apparently have a turbo frequency, so it's up to the user to overclock these two APUs if more than stock clock performance is wanted. These models will only be sold in retail box as far as we can tell.

new desktop apu AMD launching new A series APUs for desktop and mobile

The other three desktop models, the A8-3820, A6-3620 and A4-3420 are all 100MHz speed bumps over the current models and nothing else appears to have changed. Much the same applies to the new mobile APUs, with the only exception being the A4-3305M which appears to only have a higher clocked GPU at 593MHz compared to 444MHz for the A4-3300M, although for some reason it has a lower Radeon core (read shader) count at 160 compared to 240, so it's likely to have a slower GPU regardless of the higher clock speed.

new mobile apus AMD launching new A series APUs for desktop and mobile

As for pricing, well, AMD didn't provide any, but the A8-3870K is meant to have an MSRP of US$135 and the A6-3670K should retail for around US$115. That said, both models are listed for pre-order on Amazon where the A8-3870K is going for US$160 and the A6-3670K for US$137 with a list price of US$149.99 for the A8-3870K and US$129.99 for the A6-3670K, so in other words, both models are currently retailing for more than the list price which is fairly unusual for processors. Both models are expected to arrive on the 26th of December, with the rest of the desktop line-up to follow. The mobile models are already shipping in various notebook products.

Source: AMD

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