Advanced Micro Devices may be working on a new accelerated processing unit that belongs to the current-generation of its hybrid microprocessors. The AMD A10-7870K chip has not been announced yet, but it could hit the market in the coming weeks or even days.
AMD is expected to release its new breed of APUs known as “Godavari” (or “Kaveri Refresh”) in mid-2015. Although the new chips will belong to AMD’s A-series 8000-sequence family, they will rely on the same code-named “Kaveri” design with up to four “Steamroller” x86 cores, Radeon graphics engine based on the GCN 1.1 architecture with up to 512 stream processors, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and HSA [heterogeneous system architecture] capabilities. The APUs will use FM2+ form-factor and will likely be drop-in compatible with existing mainboards.
Apparently, before launching a new product line, AMD wants to refresh the current one with the A10-7870K Black Edition APU, reports ComputerBase citing a web-site of a German retailer. Select price search engines are also listing AMD’s 10-7870K chips with AD787KXDJCBOX part number. The price of the new APU is €176, which is similar to that of the A10-7850K.
To date, AMD’s fastest “Kaveri” accelerated processing unit has been the model A10-7850K, which operates at 3.70GHz default clock-speed and has Turbo Boost frequency of 4.0GHz. The new A10-7870K is expected to be faster than its predecessor, but exact specifications are unknown.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: It is completely unclear why AMD decided to add another processor to the lineup that is about to be replaced by a new family of products. Perhaps, the company is planning a price-cut in the coming weeks and needs a higher-end model to maintain its current average selling prices?