AMD unveils 2013 Elite A-Series APU for Desktops
By Digital News Asia June 11, 2013
- Showcases 2013 APU portfolio at the recent Computex trade show in Taipei
- Now has strongest-ever lineup of products, AMD claims
AMD has announced its 2013 Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for Desktops, codenamed ‘Richland,’ which it claimed delivers a superior PC solution with increased computational performance, discrete-level graphics and an easy upgrade infrastructure.
The company showcased its 2013 APU portfolio at the recent Computex trade show in Taipei, where it also launched the new Elite A-Series APU for Desktops, including a range of OEM systems and new generations of software and applications.
“The new AMD A-Series APU is ideal for desktop PC builders and mainstream gamers wanting outstanding performance for their money, and today AMD delivers an excellent new follow-on to the recently announced mobile lineup,” said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Products Division at AMD.
“The combination of the high-performance third generation desktop APU with our existing portfolio of low-power, mobile APUs gives us our strongest-ever lineup of products for our customers and our technology partners,” he said.
Jerry Lu, country manager of MSI Malaysia, said that “the performance and upgrade options of the 2013 AMD A-Series APUs should make these products wildly popular with a wide range of PC enthusiasts who are building a new system or about to upgrade their systems.”
Since its introduction in 2011, the APU quickly became the fastest growing category of processors for AMD, powering everything from the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One to new generations of notebooks, tablets, desktop PCs, low-power servers, and embedded devices, the company said.
The new AMD A-Series APUs combine AMD ‘Piledriver’ CPU architecture with AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics on the FM2 motherboard infrastructure. The ability to support existing A85X, A75, and A55 platforms as well as forward compatibility with FM2+ motherboards provides users the ability to buy now with the flexibility to upgrade as new platforms come to market.
In addition, these APUs feature maximum clockspeeds over 4GHz for next generation compute workloads, AMD said.
Also using the AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics, the Elite A-Series combines the CPU and up 384 Radeon parallel processing cores to offer up to 15% increased graphics performance over its predecessor, the second-generation APU formerly codenamed Trinity.
Check out the new 2013 Elite A-Series APUs for Desktop here.