AMD’s next generation APUs are coming soon, and they are looking to be good even though they aren’t really (that) next generation APUs we are hoping for. Simply put, Richland is the exact same chip as Trinity, however with some magic tweaks and clock speeds they have managed to squeeze out additional performance. In addition, the entire line up gets leaked as well. Let’s have a look!
AMD Richland Line up
AMD’s Richland line up has leaked with core and GPU clocks, and they all look better than we expected them to be, considering that the same die is being used with virtually no changes to it.
The flagship CPU is the A10-6800K which packs the HD8670D GPU with 384 cores. The base core clock is an astounding 4.10 GHz while Turbo rockets it up to 4.4 GHz. Excellent we say. Don’t be fooled by the GPU branding, the GPU is still not a GCN architecture product sadly. The GPU core clock is also a notch higher at 844 MHz, leading to a grand total of 100 W TDP as previous generation. As the branding says, K stands for unlocked.
The A10-6700 will be the unlocked counter part. The base core clock drops to 3.80 GHz while Turbo is at a respectable 4.30 GHz. The GPU remains the same with the same number of cores and core clock. The TDP drops a lot to 65 W. Both CPUs pack 4 MB of L2 cache.
AMD Richland is Trinity 2.0
“Richland is Trinity with a trick that gives upto 10% CPu gains and upto 20-40% gains for GPU as per AMD’s test bed and test suites.
Its a Trinity die with no changes to design, so its Piledriver core and Northern Islands GPU same as Trinity.
You will know more about the trick when it launches.”
Posted by: vanakkuty
A comment on Xbit Labs caught our attention and we feel that we might be looking at the real thing. That Richland will pack 10% higher CPU performance and up to 40% higher GPU performance is great news, and we only can wait to find out what AMD’s true next generation APUs which will be on the 28 nm manufacturing base (currently on 32 nm) will be capable of, as well as the tweaks that will make these performance improvements possible with Richland.Author's Personal Profile