AMD has officially launched its next generation A-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) that were codenamed "Richland". The four new AMD Elite A-Series are slated to be featured in performance and traditional notebooks to be shipped by this month in "selected regions".
(Base / Turbo)
|L2 Cache||Radeon Cores||GPU Clock
|DDR3 Memory Support|
|A10-5750M||HD 8650G||35W||4||2.5GHz / 3.5GHz||4MB||384||533MHz / 720MHz||
up to 1866MHz
|A8-5550M||HD 8550G||35W||4||2.1GHz / 3.1GHz||4MB||256||515MHz / 720MHz||up to 1600MHz|
|A6-5350M||HD 8450G||35W||2||2.9GHz / 3.5GHz||1MB||192||533MHz / 720MHz||up to 1600MHz|
|A4-5150M||HD 8350G||35W||2||2.7GHz / 3.3GHz||1MB||128||514MHz / 720MHz||up to 1600MHz|
The new Richland-class APUs comprise a pair of quad-core chips, and a pair of duo-core ones. Compared to the earlier Trinity mobile APUs that were launched in May last year, the new APUs offer slightly higher clocks in terms of their CPU frequency and they also sport an updated graphics core engine of the Radeon HD 8000 Series.
Despite keeping the same power ratings as its Trinity predecessors, AMD claims that the new Richland APUs will draw less power in certain scenarios. Besides improved power draw, AMD also introduced four AMD proprietary software that are touted to enhance user experience:-
These software titles will come pre-loaded on select AMD Elite A-Series APU-based notebooks and will be downloadable from the company's site next month.
In terms of hardware improvement, the Richland-class APUs boast of improved Turbo Core 3.0 technology that features new algorithms to achieve a more balanced power-delivery solution to both CPU and graphics cores. Like the Trinity APUs, the new APUs also support AMD's Eyefinity multi-monitor technology, as well as dual graphics configurations and DirectX 11. According to AMD, details of the desktop variants of the Richland APUs will be announced soon, and are slated for launch by first half of the year.