AMD quietly releases "7th Gen" APUs and AM4 platform
Just kind of stumbled upon it visiting AMD's site. Funny how they've taken a page from Intel (as usual) by describing these as "7th Generation" APUs. Excavator of course, is 4th gen Bulldozer, but I guess somehow they arrive at 7th by counting Llano, Trinity,...etc. as the separate gens of APU. These are Bristol Ridge CPUs, coming after Carrizo and the more popular Kaveri/Godaveri CPUs. The highest-end ones named A12, having an iGPU of the same 8CUs (guessing the same 512:32:8 config), but with clock rates over 1100Mhz on the top model. Guessing it's still GCN 3rd gen here, and not Polaris, though they are going on about 65W power consumption like it's something special. I mean that's the same as the 7860K, though that has the GPU at only 750Mhz. Surely the Zen APUs will be more impressive on the GPU side, but it's a start. Side note: the A12 naming seems stupid as it's still the same 2 modules as the A10 was. You'd think it'd be another module or two, them calling it A12 but nope.
There's an interesting low-power part, the 9800E (similar to Intel's S CPUs I guess), which dumps the base clock down to 3.1Ghz but still has a healthy 3.8Ghz turbo, and still runs the GPU at 900Mhz--faster than even a 7890K--and it's 35W TDP. However like previous APUs I'm guessing it's going to throttle one side or the other to stay within that envelope (i.e. stress the GPU and I doubt you're seeing 3.8Ghz on the CPU).
So none too exciting but more info here:
http://www.gamersnexus.net/news-pc/2593 ... -apu-specs
http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases ... sep05.aspx
At least they've got the new socket out. The platform will also support the not-yet-released Zen mainstream CPUs. Not that I put that much faith in that (or AMD at all anymore) but on the APU side, Zen paired with Polaris and possibly something close to the RX 460 and they might have a winner on their hands.