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AMD unveils A8-7670K accelerated processing unit

Advanced Micro Devices on Monday introduced its new A8-7670K accelerated processing unit designed for low-cost personal computers. The new APU is based on “Kaveri” design and features slightly lower performance than the flagship A10-7870K.

The AMD A8-7670K features four “Steamroller” cores (two dual-core modules) with 3.60GHz/3.90GHz clock-rate, integrated AMD Radeon R7 graphics engine with 384 stream processors (six GCN compute units) operating at 757MHz, 4MB level two cache, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller with hUMA [heterogeneous unified memory architecture] technology, up to 95W thermal design power and so on. Thanks to advanced multimedia capabilities of the APU, it can be used for home-theater personal computers. Unfortunately, the new hybrid microprocessor does not support hardware decoding of H.265 streams and also does not support HDMI 2.0 output, which means that the A8-7670K is not a good solution to build HTPCs featuring Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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The new chip is compatible with all existing FM2+ mainboards based on AMD’s A88X, A78, 68H and A58 chipsets and featuring the latest BIOS versions.

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“AMD takes great strides to deliver innovative technology that provides the performance and convenience customers need today and tomorrow,” said Kevin Lensing, senior director of client business unit at AMD. “The AMD A8-7670K APU is no exception. Our newest APU provides a smooth user experience and is engineered for Windows 10 and eSports online gaming.”

The new processor features reworked power supply circuitry, which gives cleaner and higher volume power delivery to the die. The new circuitry enables better overclockability.

The suggested price (SEP) of the AMD A8-7670K is $117.99.

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KitGuru Says: The new processor may be a rather good solution for mainstream PCs not used for demanding applications. AMD itself positions its A8-7670K for home office PCs, hence, do not expect any performance breakthroughs from them.

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