AMD Kaveri Mobile APU Preview – FX-7600P with Radeon R7 Graphics

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AMD Takes Kaveri Mobile and FX Returns – FX-7600P

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Earlier this year AMD launched their Kaveri APUs for desktops and now they are ready to release Kaveri APUs for mobile platforms. AMD’s Kaveri series of APUs feature enhanced Streamroller x86 cores and the latest in graphics cores thanks to the inclusion of Graphics Core Next (GCN) with Mantle and TrueAudio technology support. The transition from desktop to mobile didn’t change much as the mobile variants of Kaveri share the same basic features and really just differ in clock speeds and voltages due to their lower mobile power envelopes.

AMD Kaveri APU Highlights

It should be noted that Kaveri is the first notebook processor to offer full HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) support. AMD has been driving HSA for years and this is the first mobile part that has HSA features. This is important as programmers now have the ability to fully exploit the capabilities of parallel execution units. With HSA, applications can create data structures in a single unified address space and can initiate work items on the hardware most appropriate for a given task with minimal dispatch overhead. 

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The flagship AMD Kaveri APU is called the FX-7600P and it will ship with 12 Compute Cores (4 Steamroller x86 CPU cores and 8 GCN GPU cores). Since it is using GCN GPU cores, it means that AMD’s Mantle API and TrueAudio technology are both supported by these mobile APUs.

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Oh, and the FX series has been brought back from the dead! Will there be future AMD FX desktop processors?

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The new 2014 AMD Performance Mobile APUs are broken down into classes of A-series APUs: Standard Voltage or “SV” designed to run at 35W, Ultra Low Voltage or “ULV” designed to run at 19W, and Commercial ULV designed to run at 17W or 19W. The SV and ULV chips are what you’ll see on many of the AMD-based consumer laptops later this year while the Commercial ULV or “AMD PRO” series chips will be used in a variety of business class or workstation notebooks later this year. So, the two most important series for our audience is clearly the AMD A-Series SV and ULV APUs.  When looking at just those two groups you’ll see that each groups flagship processor is labeled as FX. Yes, AMD is bringing the FX nomenclature back. This means that there are now A6, A8, A10, FX and Pro A-series processors out there. The the top two models are the AMD FX-7600P and AMD FX-7500.

All the Kaveri APUs are quad-core processors with 4MB of L2 cache except for the A6 PRO-7050B which is a dual-core part that has just 1MB of L2 cache available and 3 GPU compute cores. The base clock speeds for the A-series notebook APUs range from 1.8 GHz to 2.7 GHz, but some will be able to reach 3.6 Ghz thanks to AMD’s Turbo Core technology that allows the cores to speed up for a short period of time on certain workloads. One of the big difference between many of the mobile processors are the graphics. As we already noted, both mobile and desktop Kaveri APUs are powered by graphics that utilize AMD’s GCN architecture. Each Kaveri APU has up to 8 GPU Compute Cores with speeds ranging from 514MHz to 686MHz.

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So, what does all this get you when it comes to performance? AMD says that the FX-7500 ‘Kaveri’ APU should be comparable to the Intel Core i7-4500U ‘Haswell’ mobile processor when it comes to PCMark8 and is 50% faster in 3DMark and Basemark CL. The Intel Core i7-4500U is a 15W TDP part and the AMD FX-7500 is a 19W part, but that is a pretty good showing for AMD.

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The same holds true when you move down the product stack to the AMD A10-7300 and compare that to the Intel Core i7-4200U ‘Haswell’ processor. The only difference here is that there is just a 20% performance difference in Basemark CL. It looks like mobile Kaveri is going to offer some solid performance, so lets take a look at the prototype Kaveri notebook and run some of our own numbers.

 

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  • AMD — Come Clean

    AMD FX Mobile line-up was their goal to manipulate their compute users with their all new compute strategy which does not work on thinner, lighter and constantly reliable laptops Razor and Asus started to sell. AMD FX Mobile Compute system is designed to only give you more performance and power under thicker laptops and if AMD FX mobile APU was installed on 21mm thinner and lighter laptop, it would not let you spend hours and hours of having lots of fun on your computer. A thinner and lighter laptop that is blazy faster and stronger for possibly 30 hours a day on a laptop has powerhouse Intel core i7 quad core processor with ultrafast processor graphics with 16 GB lightning DDR3 SDRAM and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 2 GB which is much cooler thanks to their new hidden water cooler technology. A powerful laptop should not have AMD because AMD FX does not allow laptops to be heat free and faster at all. AMD should come clean and people deserve faster and stronger MacBook class thinner, lighter and powerful laptop which does not cause any fire, noise if it was being used for more than 30 hours a day without any problems. I want to make a phone call on my computer and it is going to use a lot of CPU power to do that. AMD was never allowing cooler and powerful thinner and lighter laptops at all. Only Intel + Nvidia allows that to happen.
    I want AMD to be sued for $2,000,000 dollars as soon as possible because they FX Mobile processor is full of compute tech that blocks powerful, lightning fast thinner and lighter laptop market for everybody.
    Stop AMD Now, if you want faster, cooler thinner and lighter laptop, go with Asus NX500 with 4K UHD so you have lots of fun without any problems.

    • se7en

      Yeh, I hate those 30 hr days…

      • love-intel

        No, Intel and Nvidia style thin and constantly fast laptops work for hours and hours no matter what you do.

        • christianh

          Intel and nVidia don’t make laptops.. With monopolist lovers running around it allows Intel to flood the market with 800 different chips and “force” OEMs to stick to one chipset…

          And then there are the “bribes…”

        • thin and light laptops

          No, Intel and Nvidia processors and graphics chips are designed for thinner, lighter and consistently reliable touch laptops OEM’s are making like Asus, Razor blade and some other laptop makers in future. AMD does not have expertise in making their APU’s and GPU’s work constantly fast on thinner and lighter laptops. If you love to spend more time on your thinner and light laptop, you need to look for powerful, high performance thin and speedy laptop like Asus NX500 which comes with powerful Intel core i7 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M because AMD is not going to have a processor designed for thin and ultra-powerful laptops that is 40-130% faster than bulky laptops.
          In 21st century compute era, a laptop is thinner and lightweight without any computer malfunctions and slow cpu and gpu performance if it was being used for longer periods of time. It is 40% more powerful on a thinner design than a thicker laptop running AMD FX APU. A thinner laptop comes with Intel Core i7 with Iris pro graphics which can be as much faster as if a customer want’s it to be and Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M which is the most powerful GPU for everybody. Gamers can look forward to GeForce GTX 870M 6 GB for ultra-fast gaming and the laptop has 4K UHD 13 or 15 inch display.
          Razor blade, and Asus deserves that award while any laptop running AMD APU will not get that award.
          21st century lightweight and ultra-powerful, reliable laptops are the future tech trends.
          AMD cannot be trusted with lightning thin and light laptops anymore.

        • Blockchains

          “The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 870M should be similar to the the GTX 780M, leading to a TDP of at least 100 W. Therefore, only large desktop replacements can handle the power demands of a GTX 870M.”

          http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-870M.107792.0.html

          Yup. All AMD needs to do now is start making huge laptops with 100 watt GPUs in them. That will keep them nice and cool, just like those nVidia / Intel laptops.

          /s

        • Victor L.

          That is simply NOT true. It cannot last for 30 hours without a few charges.

          I have a 15.6″ ASUS R505C laptop with a Intel Core i5-3337U and a GeForce GT 740M. I use it as a work computer and for light compute use (word documents, Excel, YouTube, etc). It can only last a continuous usage of about 5 – 6 hours.

          4K on a laptop? 2015+??
          Laptop CPU + GPU =/= High-end desktop CPU + GPU performance. Buy a laptop now and keep it, wait until 4K becomes mainstream? Do you know how fast technology is advancing? A top-of-the-line laptop will be mid level in a few years.

          Guess what, this is coming from someone with a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

          Before you start spreading false information on the web, especially here on Legit Reviews, back it up with REAL information and/or data.

    • Joshua Johnston

      Thinner things tend to break easier. The only advantage of a thin laptop is if it was so thin you can slide it under a door. Or fold it up like a piece of paper and put it in your pocket. Hell if it gets any thinner it would just disappear. So where do consumers draw the line for their demands that one day can’t be supplied because they are asking for too much? 4k is also pointless on a laptop. Just wastes power for a screen resolution you can’t notice because the screen is too small.

      • true answer

        Thinner things do not break easier if you really take good care of your laptop, you can look for colorful carrying case which is built into your laptop with component protector just like you have on your smartphone or tablet. Consumers draw their line for their demands on thinner, lighter, constantly fast and powerful 4K laptops that are designed for people who love to spend a lot of time on their devices without any reliability and leakage issues. 4K is not pointless on a laptop because we care about the future of using your laptop in newer innovative ways including new laptop usage patterns being introduced in late 2010s. If you buy a 4K laptop which has medium scaling level on your display, you get to have a lot of fun using your laptop, your laptop would be able to play 4K content once it comes out around 2015 and it is future ready device. You will notice brighter and stronger picture quality for futureristic fun tasks that you plan to do in future and other new innovations that never came out yet as of now. You can also get real picture quality which is 4 times better than your HDTV in your home. Because you have more graphics horsepower built in with Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M 4GB, you would never have to suffer from any graphics rendering issues again at all.

        • Blockchains

          You can’t do 4k on a laptop and expect anything playable on any GPU. I run about 125% of 4k on my desktop, and it takes at least an r9 290 to get acceptable framerates in anything.

          nVidia’s GTX 870m is just a re-branded version of their 7xxm series, btw. They could barely do 2560×1600, let alone 4k.

    • Blockchains

      What a brilliant consumer we have here.

      You want to *sue* a company for not making a product that you want?

      You’re comparing several thousand dollar laptops that very few people buy / can afford with AMD’s high performance / $ chips, and you’re telling me that that’s where they should be focusing their efforts? Are you completely out of your mind?

  • Steve Smith

    Seems strange that these support 2133mhz ram, yet only run 1866 in their test setup.

  • vision33r

    Every AMD notebook out is craptastic. 1366×768 resolution even on a 15.6, with a thick chasis, awful trackpad, and bouncy keyboard. If AMD is serious to contend, atleast put some guidelines out to enforce some higher standards.

  • 32Devlin1

    Yea i would have like to seen some Mantle scores but like the guy said he only got 3 to 4 hours tops to do these test so he cramed as many test as he could in that time,I think he did really good just to get all those test done in that time line.

  • funkydmunky

    So why would you bench a GCN APU in BF4 and not use Mantle?

    • Puppet H

      I’m guessing they didn’t apply the updates.