AMD A10 7700K and AMD A10 7850K APUs

If you work on demanding specialized software, you’ll need a special computer processor to deal with the extreme workloads. AMD has a solution for you: their Kaveri-based A10-series APUs with heterogeneous computing technology.

“Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) systems utilize multiple processor types (typically CPUs and GPUs), usually on the same silicon die, to give you the best of both worlds: GPU processing, apart from its well-known 3D graphics rendering capabilities, can also perform mathematically intensive computations on very large data sets, while CPUs can run the operating system and perform traditional serial tasks.” 

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AMD Kaveri Platform Highlights

“The latest AMD A10-7850K and A10-7700K APUs integrate an enhanced CPU core based on the “Steamroller” architecture with a new and updated Radeon Graphics core. Supporting native 8 GT/s PCI Express gen 3.0 and DX11.1 graphics, these new AMD A-Series APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays on HDMI and DisplayPort.”

AMD A10 7850K

The A10 7850K is AMD’s most advanced APU to date, with 12 compute cores – 4 CPU and 8 Radeon R7 Series GPU cores. The CPU clock speed is 3.7GHz (boost speed is 4.0GHz) while the GPUs clock at 720MHz; the dual-channel DDR3 speed is 2133MHz but can run up to 2400MHz. It features 512 shaders.

This is a Socket FM2+ APU. Fortunately, the FM2+ motherboards are very keenly priced, starting at only R899.

The price of the A10 7850K APU is R2 879.

AMD A10 7700K

The A10 7700K features the same technology as the A10 7850K but has 10 compute cores – 4 CPU and 6 GPU cores. The GPUs also clock at 720MHz. CPU clock speed is 3.4GHz, with 3.8GHz boost speed. It has 384 shaders.

The A10 7700K is available at R2 519.

In conclusion

The AMD Kaveri APUs have two to four enhanced Steamroller B cores, a GCN 1.1 Volcanic Islands integrated GPU, and two integrated DDR3 memory controllers. They are built on the 28nm SHP (Super High Performance) process and consist of 2.41 billion transistors.

In short, they are made to crunch data.

Date: 27 Mar 2014