A big surprise for AMD to launch its seventh generation APU and its latest AM4 platform to mainly support DDR4, latest I/O standard and its newly announced Zen processors which will be arriving hopefully early next year.
From the previous tech guide which you can read here I featured the AMD Godavari 7890k APU but this time I am pretty excited about the seventh generation APU: The highest end A12- 9800 that has four Excavator CPU cores that has been clocked up to 4.2 Ghz combined with Radeon R7 graphic cores clocked at 1108Mhz running as one at a TDP of 65W. But not just that, they also have the energy efficient version known as A12-9800E that runs with a TDP of 35W but obviously with step-down CPU and GPU clocks.
Enough with the APUs and let’s talk about its latest platform : “AM4” which was built with a unified infrastructure, providing compatibility for AMD’s entire upcoming processor range, from the A-series to the upcoming Summit Ridge Zen processors. Meaning that this board will support the latest Zen processor that will be released next year.
But the thing is, maybe they are far behind with their competitors with releasing of latest support for DDR4 but the big surprise is about the AMD’s Zen processor boosted them up from everyone’s lips.
However, I will not be surprised if their competitors will release another CPU Gen or that can match up with Zen just like what happened with RX480 faced with GTX 1060.
AM4 platform has new features include
- DDR4 memory support
- PCIe Gen 3
- USB 3.1
- support for NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory express / a non-volatile memory like SSD that runs on PCIe bus)
- SATA Express.
Bottomline, this launch only applies to OEMs, so expect to see some new systems featuring AM4 and the new A-series APU with the different manufacturers so stay-tuned!
Give me your ideas and comments about the latest AMD launch and do you think is it late for AMD or there’s still a comeback?
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