AMD Kaveri A10 APU’s are here, at least some of the information and performance numbers are! Earlier in the week we showed off some systems built around the latest Kaveri A10-7850K APU’s and today we have some of the more technical information for you as well as some of the performance numbers from AMD!
The new AMD Kaveri APU’s are the first to have the new HSA features. The HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) and HUMA enchancements allow coherent memory access within the CPU and GPU. HUMA makes it possible for the CPU and GPU to have access the entire memory space, this should help prevent the GPU from getting memory bandwith issues.
AMD has pretty much completely redesigned the compute cores in the new Kaveri APU’s. The new architecture allows for as much as 50% more GPU performance and 20% better x86 IPC. In addition to the technical changes to the design, AMD is also incorparating the latest AMD gaming technology. The R7 graphics processors feature the same great Graphics Core Next architecture that makes up their discrete cards, AMD TrueAudio, Mantle Support, and PCIe Gen 3. Depending on your needs, there is a Kaveri APU to suit them. AMD is offering APU’s that range in TDP from 95 Watts down to 45 Watts for their desktop product stack.
AMD has managed to leverage the graphics cores as compute cores
Arguably one of the most important feature of the new AMD Kaveri APU’s is going to be the performance. Looking at the numbers from AMD, it looks quite promising at the least. Taking a look at PCMark 8 the A10-7850K was 24% faster than the Intel Core i5-4670K and 9% faster than the previous generation A10-6800K APU. Looking at FutureMark 3DMark Firestrike the A10-7850K was 87% faster than the Intel Core i5-4670K! AMD certainly looks to have the integrated graphics down!
AMD has designed the Kaveri APU’s to work great with software like LibreOffice. With the acceleration on the A10-7850K is 8x faster than running strictly on the CPU!
It looks to be confirmed that you will be able to run to your local PC retailer or e-tailer and pick up your own Kaveri A10-7850K. If you’re looking for a pre-built system, there are some system builders that will have them available for pre-order starting today!