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AMD's Carrizo APU gets real with a showcase of upcoming notebooks and systems

By Vijay Anand - 3 Jun 2015

AMD's Carrizo APU gets real with a showcase of upcoming notebooks and systems

We managed to check out several 15 and 17-inch multimedia and gaming notebooks powered by the upcoming AMD Carrizo APU.

It's hard not to get wowed by AMD's bold push to redefine the mainstream computing segment to offer far better experience than what the competition offers. The only problem consumers and ourselves have to put up with is the lack of visibility and availability of retail products using AMD's core computing platform - be it their APUs or CPUs.

To allay our concerns of when and where we might see AMD's newest Carrizo APU in action next, today, right after the official launch of the Carrizo, we were shown a number of design wins from their close partners. What's really encouraging is that almost all of them are from tier-one vendors that good visibility, presence and branding such as Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and more. Expect to see these new AMD powered systems in retail from end of June in selected regions and we expect them to reach global availability within two months from now.

To recap, the AMD Carrizo APU packs within a more efficient "Excavator" processing core, an updated graphics core that supports AMD's third generation GCN architecture (which is the latest iteration used in the AMD R9 285 "Tonga" GPU and newer products), new multimedia hardware by the way of hardware assisted HEVC/H.265 decoding engine and is massively more energy efficient than its predecessor. You can read about fare more details of what AMD has done in our Carrizo deep dive launch article.

To help identify if your next AMD machine is part of the Carrizo APUs family, look out for the 8xxx series naming nomenclature for the APU. At launch, there will be three models for the notebook segment - FX-8800P, A10-8700P and the A8-8600P.

Here then, is the spread of machines that were showcased at today's AMD press conference in Computex 2015:-

On the left is the Dell Inspiron 17-5755, 17-inch gaming notebook which uses the A10-8700P APU and alongside with the recently announced 300-series discrete mobile GPU series - a Radeon R8 M350 graphics. With DirectX 12 and Windows 10 around the corner, there's more use cases for the combined GPU horsepower form the discrete part and the APU. Complementing it are 8GB DDR3 and 1TB HDD. Over on the right is an ASUS 15-inch, X555D notebook boasting a speedier FX-8800P APU and a Radeon R8 M350DX graphics. It also has more memory at 12GB and a 1TB HDD.

Here's another big 17-inch notebook, but this time it's from HP and it doesn't have discrete graphics, meaning this should be more affordable too. This Pavilion 17 pretty much runs off the AMD 10-8700P SoC and used its integrated Radeon R6 graphics engine. Complimenting it is 6GB DDR3 memory and 750GB HDD.

Even though this may be an affordable gaming notebook, the HP Pavilion 17 still comes in a striking package as its electric blue shell shows. Gamers of all class won't ever be short-changed, thanks to AMD.

Now here's a pair of pretty looking notebooks that not only look chic and prim, thanks to the new Carrizo APUs, you can indulge in some decent gaming sessions too. Or just keep on watching videos one after another as AMD claims its new graphics core is very power efficient in video processing. On the left is an Acer Aspire E15 E5-552G and on the right is a Toshiba Satellite L50DT-C. Both are 15-inch clamshell notebooks with an AMD A10-8700P APU and have 8GB DDR3, along with a 500GB HDD.

As we go down the list of notebooks, this Dell Inspiron 15-5555 notebook is one of the least decked out machines in terms of specs. It's fitted with an AMD A10-8700P APU, uses the integrated R6 graphics on the APU, has only 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB HDD. The point is that even at these basic specs, playing a popular online game such as League of Legends is smooth and it looks good. That's what counts even if it's a budget gaming notebook.

Last but not least, we also spotted this HP Pavillion 23-inch AIO machine that's running off the new AMD A10-8700P APU and is complemented by a discrete Radeon R5 M335 graphics unit, 16GB of memory and a 2TB HDD.

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