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AMD to launch A8-7650K ‘Kaveri’ APU this week

Advanced Micro Devices plans to release a new accelerated processing unit (APU) based on the code-named “Kaveri” design. The new chip will be a relatively affordable solution with unlocked multiplier that is designed for overclockers in budget.

The new AMD A8-7650K accelerated processing units has four “Steamroller” cores (two dual-core modules) operating at 3.30GHz/3.90GHz clock-rate, 4MB L2 cache, AMD Radeon R7 graphics engine with 384 stream processors, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, unlocked multiplier and up to 95W thermal design power. The chip will be drop-in compatible with FM2+ mainboards.

Hermitage Akihabara reports that AMD will officially start to sell its A8-7650K on the 20th of February, 2015. In Japan, where prices are traditionally a bit higher than in the rest of the world, the APU will cost ¥14000 (£76.7, $117, €103).

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Specifications of the A8-7650K indicate that the new chip is slower than the company’s A8-7700K, which AMD discontinued late last year. That said, it is not completely clear why the company decided to replace an APU with a product with lower performance and did not just drop the price of the A8-7700K.

Later this year AMD plans to release a family of A-series APUs known as “Kaveri Refresh” and “Godovari”. The new chips will slightly improve performance of the “Kaveri” family thanks to higher clock-rates.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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KitGuru Says: AMD’s A8-7650K does not look like a breakthrough from any standpoint. Its performance is moderate to say at least, it will cost just slightly less than its predecessor, the A8-7700K, its overclocking capabilities will be similar to these of its ancestor as well. Still, if you are building an inexpensive office PC, then the A8-7650K is something to consider.

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