Topic Title: Will AMD create more powerful APUs for the PC?
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 07/03/2013 09:04 AM
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As of right now, the AMD A10-6800K is the most powerful APU for PCs yet.

The specs are : 4 cpu cores @ 4.1GHz, 384 gpu cores @ 844MHz


What I would like is an APU with these fantasy specs

8 cpu cores @ 4.0GHz, 1024 gpu cores @ 1GHz


The reason I would like to see something like this is because I want to see APUs slowly replacing cpu + gpu combos. And since DDR4 memory will soon be available, VRAM will be pretty decent since APUs today use system ram.


SO, do you know if AMD has plans for something like this or at least plans to make a more powerful APU to surpass the A10-6800K king?

 07/03/2013 03:31 PM
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When the technology becomes available.

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 07/16/2013 07:34 AM
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May be just they are focussing on their latest piledriver cpu.

 08/08/2013 06:44 AM
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Yeah, AMD will eventually create more powerful APU's. Kaveri is coming later this year. We don't know anything about Carrizo (Kaveri's successor) other than the fact it'll be using Excavator cores. That won't arrive until 2015.

Since Kaveri's iGPU will (supposedly) be as powerful as the DDR3 variant of the HD 7750, Excavator might be as powerful as an HD 7770, probably even stronger. iGPU's won't be replacing mid-tier discreet cards for years to come, however. Performance will get better, but the biggest drawback to the iGPU's is their reliance on system memory for bandwidth, and that bandwidth is held back due to DDR3.

So in the future with DDR4, or perhaps even soldered BGA packages of APU's which have GDDR5 soldered to the board, we won't see any massive jumps any time soon. Of course, the IMC wouldn't be able to run DDR3/DDR4 and GDDR5 at the same time -- it'd be one or the other. That's another thing to consider.

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