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AMD introduces AM1 platform with favorable Kabini desktop APUs

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

AMD has announced a desktop platform on special machines with AM1. It builds on APUs of the Kabini series started in May of last year, which should come in early April under the well-known brand names (PDF) Athlon and Sempron (PDF) in the trade. Apparently AMD wants to serve developing countries and other emerging markets that.

The new APUs use two to four CPU cores of the type "Jaguar" and a DirectX-11.2 capable Radeon 8000-GPU based graphics-core-next architecture (GCN). In addition, the chip set features integrate why AMD is also called "System in a Socket".

The single-channel memory controller supports up to 16 GB DDR3-1600 RAM. Support for all current interfaces such as PCIe 2.0 (x 1 and x 4), 3.0 and 6-GB/s SATA USB is also on board. The graphics output is possible via VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.

Suitable motherboards with the base FS1b want to deliver among other ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, ECS, gigabyte and MSI. An AM1-system with APU and motherboard AMD according to will be available starting at around $60. The manufacturer also emphasizes that his solution as opposed to Intel systems with Bay Trail CPU soldered on upgrade leave.

Entry model of the AM1 series is the approximately 35 dollar Sempron 2650. He offers two CPU cores with 1.45 GHz clock and 1 MByte L2-cache. As a GPU, it integrates a Radeon HD 8240 400 MHz with 128 shaders. The flagship Athlon 5350 uses four computing cores with 2.05 GHz clock and 2 MByte L2-cache. His Radeon HD 8400 is same Shaderzahl with 600 MHz. The power consumption is specified at 25 watts.

Presumably, the new AMD platform especially in small desktop PCs will be used. Asus has unveiled two AM1 motherboards in the micro-ATX (AM1M-A) and Mini-ITX (AM1I-A) form factors.

[with material by Sean Portnoy,]

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