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AMD releases some specs and performance data on Richland, Kabini, Temash; also promises Kaveri this

QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,988Member Uncommon

Richland is the successor to Trinity, which are AMD's current generation A-series APUs.  It will have the same CPU as Trinity, but GCN (Radeon HD 7000 series) graphics.  AMD is claiming substantial improvements in graphical performance.  Also, Richland is shipping now, so it should be available for purchase soon.

Kaveri is the successor to Richland, and has Steamroller cores.  That should be substantially faster on the CPU side.  It's a 28 nm chip, as compared to 32 nm for Trinity and Richland, which should allow for a larger transistor budget and better energy efficiency.  Kaveri was rumored to be delayed into 2014 or cancelled outright, but AMD is insisting that it will launch late this year.

Kabini is AMD's netbook chip, and Temash is the tablet variant of it.  They're the successor to Brazos (E- and C- series) and Hondo (Z-series) respectively.  Both use new Jaguar cores, as compared to previous generation Bobcat cores.  Kabini and Temash will be on a 28 nm process node, as compared to 40 nm for Brazos and Hondo.

The real news on Kabini and Temash is in the fine print at the bottom.  While Temash will have both dual- and quad-core versions, the quad core version is the A6-1450.  It will feature four Jaguar cores at 1 GHz.  Temash has a 3D Mark benchmark score more than double that of Hondo, which would put it roughly on par with current Brazos E-series chips.

A Kabini quad core chip will be marketed as the A6-5200.  AMD doesn't specify the clock speed, but based on PC Mark benchmark scores, it looks like it will be around 1.7 GHz, as it gets about 1.7 times the score of Temash.  Don't take that as a prediction, though, as there could easily be some sort of turbo core that changes results.  AMD didn't give graphical benchmark scores on Kabini.

While both Kabini and Temash will have GCN graphics, AMD didn't say how many CUs they'll have.  I'm guessing two, with Temash clocking them lower and Kabini higher.  But it could just be one, with Temash clocking that one higher, and then Kabini graphics not being that much faster than Temash.  For comaparion, a Radeon HD 7770 has 10, a 7870 has 20, and a 7970 has 32--and those all clock them much higher than Kabini will.

Kabini will have a TDP of 9-15 W.  I'm guessing that means 9 W for the dual core and 15 W for the quad core, though they could make a low clocked quad core with a TDP of 9 W.  According to older rumors, Temash is going to have a TDP of 4.5 W for the dual core and 5.9 W for the quad core.


  • AoriAori Carbondale, ILPosts: 2,093Member Uncommon

    Cool stuff, Looking to update my ladies llano pc this year and move the old one to the bedroom.

    Is Richland going to be coming to desktop same time as its mobile counterpart or well after? I'd likely get Richland first and then get Kaveri later(not really wanting to wait on a possibility). From what I understand AMD is going to keep the FM2 platform for awhile.

    I really like the APU's and I fully support it. There are so many people who use terrible store bought PC's when a much cheaper APU option would be more beneficial. So far I've built 6 APU based systems for people and all llano based, some have been hitting the year mark and their owners still love them.

    With the newer and better APU's coming out, the future looks great for budget users.

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,988Member Uncommon
    While AMD has promised that there will be another part that fits Socket FM2, that surely means Richland and may or may not mean Kaveri.  While AMD surely won't switch Kaveri to a different socket for no real reason in particular, if they have to for technical reasons, they will.  Processor sockets don't seem to be lasting long before they get replaced lately.
  • CleffyCleffy San Diego, CAPosts: 4,673Member Uncommon
    AMD may be losing the CPU war, but they are winning the naming war.  Bulldozer, Piledriver, Steamroller...  Bobcat, Jaguar... verse Sandybridge, Ivybridge...
  • Dantae87Dantae87 Camloops, ABPosts: 166Member
    Originally posted by Cleffy
    AMD may be losing the CPU war, but they are winning the naming war.  Bulldozer, Piledriver, Steamroller...  Bobcat, Jaguar... verse Sandybridge, Ivybridge...

    agree...i was a longtime AMD supporter but the past few years has been just a dissapointment....cant get any happier with my I5


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