Short Introduction to CPUs and Terminology There are many elements that go into any modern computer: the CPU/APU, motherboard, memory, (optional) GPU, storage, case, and power supply. While some items like the case and power supply don't usually have an impact on performance, the CPU is one of the core elements and should be carefully selected. The goal today is to give a short overview of the level of performance you can expect across a large selection of CPUs/APUs. Of course the choice of CPU also limits your choice of motherboard and potentially other components, but that's a topic for another day. Briefly, both AMD and Intel have several current platforms, and each CPU/APU requires a specific class of platform (i.e. a certain CPU/APU socket). AMD...

AMD A10-7800 Review: Testing the A10 65W Kaveri

Kaveri was launched as a processor line, on desktop, back in January. At the time we were given information on three of the APUs, the A10-7850K, A10-7700K and A8-7600...

147 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2014

AMD Officially Launches 65W/45W Kaveri APUs: The A10-7800, A8-7600 and A6-7400K

Back in January when AMD launched their first Kaveri APUs, we tested the A10-7850K and the A8-7600, with the former being at the top of the product stack featuring...

7 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2014

AMD Kaveri Laptops Sighted

While AMD's Kaveri APUs initially launched on the desktop at the beginning of the year, for many the APUs looked like a better fit for laptops and notebooks. In...

40 by Jarred Walton on 7/28/2014

AMD Reorganizes Business Units; Names Dr. Lisa Su as COO

In a move that will mark a mild shake up in how AMD operates, AMD has announced that they will be undergoing a company reorganization next month. Come July...

50 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2014

AMD Lists New Kaveri Desktop Processors

We are now six months down the line from the AMD Kaveri launch, and the only two Kaveri processors available on Newegg today are the A10-7850K at $170 and...

26 by Ian Cutress on 6/10/2014

AMD Launches Mobile Kaveri APUs

A couple weeks back, AMD briefed us on their upcoming mobile Kaveri APUs. We've known for a while that mobile Kaveri was coming, and after five months the wait...

125 by Jarred Walton on 6/4/2014

AMD Publishes Mobile Kaveri Specifications

In an unexpected (and likely erroneous) move, AMD has published the specifications for their forthcoming mobile Kaveri APUs on their website this morning (scroll down and click on Model...

36 by Ryan Smith on 5/26/2014

AMD Q1 2014 Quarterly Earnings Analysis

AMD hosted their quarterly earnings conference call this afternoon to announce their financial results for the quarter ending March 2014. While they still reported a GAAP loss of $20...

37 by Brett Howse on 4/17/2014

Socketed Kabini Processors Rumored For March

We saw some socketed Kabini motherboards at CES this year from MSI, and Chinese VR-Zone has published some interesting numbers regarding processors that are predicted to be on sale...

7 by Ian Cutress on 1/29/2014

GIGABYTE Launches BRIX Gaming: AMD A8-5557M and R9 M275X

GIGABYTE’s push on the BRIX has been with so much gusto it is hard to keep up with all the possible models coming to market and ones they are...

22 by Ian Cutress on 1/28/2014

Floating point peak performance of Kaveri and other recent AMD and Intel chips

With the launch of Kaveri, some people have been wondering if the platform is suitable for HPC applications. Floating point peak performance of the CPU and GPU ...

102 by Rahul Garg on 1/22/2014

AMD Kaveri Docs Reference Quad-Channel Memory Interface, GDDR5 Option

Our own Ryan Smith pointed me at an excellent thread on Beyond3D where forum member yuri ran across a reference to additional memory controllers in AMD's recently released Kaveri...

127 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/16/2014

AMD’s Kaveri: Pre-Launch Information

On the back of AMD’s Tech Day at CES 2014, all of which was under NDA until the launch of Kaveri, AMD have supplied us with some information that...

133 by Ian Cutress on 1/6/2014

AMD Demonstrates "FreeSync", Free G-Sync Alternative, at CES 2014

AMD has been relatively silent on the topic of NVIDIA’s variable refresh rate G-Sync technology since its announcement last year. At this year’s CES however, AMD gave me a...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/6/2014

AMD 2014 Mobile APU Update: Beema and Mullins

Today AMD is taking the wraps off their upcoming mobile APUs, joining the already discussed desktop Kaveri. While Kaveri will also be coming to laptops at some point in...

47 by Jarred Walton on 11/13/2013

AMD News: A10-6790K, 13.11 Beta6 Drivers, FM2+ Motherboards, Kaveri

AMD held a brief press conference this morning to disclose a new part that should be for sale shortly, the A10-6790K. The performance of the 6790K should be very...

26 by Jarred Walton on 10/28/2013

GIGABYTE F2A85XN-WiFi Review: FM2 and Richland in mini-ITX

Mini-ITX is an exciting form factor, as with every CPU generation we can make something small and faster with better features over the previous gen. GIGABYTE recently released a...

32 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2013

AMD's A10-5750M Review, Part 1: The APU and Radeon HD 8650G Performance

While AMD's Richland update has been of modest benefit on the desktop, improved power consumption and turbo features tend to go over much better in mobile. Is the AMD...

81 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/28/2013

AMD Richland Desktop APUs Now Available

We’ve all known for a while that AMD would be releasing desktop Richland SKUs, and there have been a few leaks—including the APUs going up for sale at Newegg...

42 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2013

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