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Asrock adds support of AMD ‘Godavari’ processors to FM2+ mainboards

Advanced Micro Devices plans to release its code-named “Godavari” accelerated processing units (also known as “Kaveri Refresh”) sometimes in June, but manufacturers of mainboards already add their support to their platforms.

Asrock recently enabled operation of AMD “Godavari” hybrid microprocessors on its FM2A78M-HD+ R2.0 mainboard with a new BIOS release. The company will soon add support for the chips to its other FM2+ motherboards. Keeping in mind minimal difference between the original “Kaveri” and “Kaveri Refresh”, it is nearly guaranteed that the latter will be compatible with all FM+2 platforms. Other makers of mainboards will follow Asrock in the coming weeks and months.

The “Godavari” accelerated processing units will belong to the A-series 8000-sequence family, although there are no architectural difference between them and presently available A-series 7000-sequence APUs.


The upcoming “Kaveri Refresh” accelerated processing units will feature two or four “Steamroller” cores, AMD Radeon R7 or R5 graphics processing units (based on the GCN 1.1 architecture), heterogeneous system architecture capabilities, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, FM2+ form-factor and so on. The main difference between “Kaveri” and “Godavari” chips is slightly higher CPU and GPU clock-rates of the latter.

The family of “Godavari” processors will include four chips with unlocked multiplier – the A10-8850K, the A8-8650K, the A6-8550K as well as the Athlon X4 870K – designed for overclockers. It is unknown whether overclocking potential of the new APUs and CPUs will be any better than that of presently available offerings featuring similar design and made using the same 28nm SHP fabrication process at GlobalFoundries.

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KitGuru Says: Keeping in mind that the only difference between the “Kaveri” and “Kaveri Refresh” chips are names, it is highly likely that even without BIOS updates everything will work just fine…

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