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New unlocked AMD A10, A8 ‘Kaveri’ APUs detailed

Specifications of the upcoming accelerated processing units from Advanced Micro Devices have been published by a web-site. As expected, the new hybrid processors code-named “Kaveri” are only slightly faster that those, which have been available on the market for a long time.

As it turns out, AMD is about to release two new unlocked quad-core APUs that belong to the “Kaveri” generation, reports CPU-World. The two chips are the AMD A10-7870K (quad-core, 3.90GHz default frequency, Radeon graphics with 512 stream processors, etc.) as well as the AMD A8-7670K (quad-core, 3.60GHz default frequency, Radeon graphics with 384 stream processors, etc.). Both chips are rated at 95W thermal design power and should be drop-in compatible with all existing FM2+ mainboards.

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At present not all specifications of the new parts are known, but based on the unofficial information, it is impossible to expect the new accelerated processing units to be significantly faster compared to already available APUs. Still, since both models reportedly feature a new core stepping, overclockers may be interested in trying them out.

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AMD plans to unveil its fresh family of APUs known as “Godavari” (or “Kaveri Refresh”) in the middle of 2015. Even though the new accelerated processing units will formally belong to a new range of products (A-series 8000-sequence), they will rely on the same code-named “Kaveri” design. The new chips will sport up to four “Steamroller” x86 cores, Radeon R7 graphics processor powered by 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 continue to use the FM2+ form-factor.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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KitGuru Says: It is still a mystery why AMD decided to refresh existing product lineup just weeks before it is expected to release its 8000-series APUs. Perhaps, “Kaveri Refresh” got delayed?

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