AMD’s upcoming CPU socket is AM4 and the company has quite a lot riding on it. We’ve already known that AMD’s Zen architecture will make use of this new socket, but it looks like Excavator will use it as well. Excavator is an incremental upgrade to AMD’s Bulldozer architecture, while Zen is the next major architecture. We could see the first products based on the AM4 socket as early as March in the form of the “Bristol Ridge” APUs.
AMD has just announced availability of its latest budget socket FM2+ APU, the A8-7670K. THis APU is based on the company’s new 28nm “Godvari” silicon. It is the combination of a quad-core x86-64 CPU based on the “Excavator” micro-architecture and a Radeon R7 series graphics core that has six Graphics CoreNext 1.2 compute units, which gives you 384 stream processors, a dual channel DDR3 integrated memory controller, with native support for DDR3-2133 MHz memory, and a PCI-Express gen 3.0 root complex.
AMD today introduced the latest addition to its line of desktop A-Series processors, the A10-7870K APU, a refresh to the existing line of processors codenamed “Kaveri”. The A10-7870K delivers a best-in-class experience for eSports and online gaming with superior performance, best-in-class efficiency in DirectX 12, and unique features. The new processor also delivers exceptional performance in modern workloads and is designed for the future with Microsoft Windows 10.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about all of the information that came out of AMD’s Financial Analyst day which includes both their CPU and GPU plans for 2016, we get our first look at the R9 390X, talk about Rockstar banning players in GTA V, and more!
AMD will really be focusing on the “generation” of their upcoming 2016 CPUs and APUs when it comes to branding. And it looks like AMD will really be playing a game with Intel as well. In 2016 AMD’s FX-series CPUs and A-series APUs will be the company’s “6th Generation”.
There have been quite a lot of AMD leaks recently, this week we had the Zen CPU block diagram come out, then just yesterday the quad core design slide was leaked. Either AMD is trying to create some hype, or they just can’t keep their secrets safe. Now the roadmaps for both the desktop side and mobile side have been leaked.
We will see the first implementation of “Zen” on a very powerful APU that will feature 16 physical “Zen” cores, 32 logical CPUs enabled with SMT, 512 KB of dedicated L2 cache per core and 32 MB of L3 cache. We will also see AMD do some string cleaning of the CPU’s ISA instruction set, removing underused instruction sets and introducing new ones.
Well things don’t seem to be getting any better for AMD. It looks like they will be facing a securities fraud lawsuit. Apparently over-promising and under-delivering on its very first APU, codenamed “Llano” is coming back to haunt the company.
AMD’s upcoming Godavari APU lineup has been leaked by the guys over at VR-Zone ahead of its summer launch. These new APUs will be part of the Kaveri-refresh platform, which is aimed to refresh current Kaveri APUs with the new 8000 series branding. AMD is planning 12 new APUs that utilize the x86 Steamroller core and GCN graphics architecture.
AMD’s CEO Lisa Su revealed that AMD’s upcoming Carrizo APU will deliver the largest ever generational leap on performance per watt for mainstream APUs ever! In addition, she also confirmed that Carrizo will be launched in the second half of the year.