New data on AMD Richland APU revealed
A few days ago, AMD has unveiled Richland APUs, which promises to yield 10 to 12%, improved CPU power and 20-40% improved GPU power than current A-5000 Series Trinity APUs. Today, the information leaked by VR-Zone on Richland APU, totally complements the information leaked a few days ago. It has claimed that AMD Richland APU will be based on Piledriver micro-architecture and IGP will be based on the Graphics Core Next architecture that was used in Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs. But the previous leaks suggest that the IGP will be based on VLIW4 graphics architecture. Moreover, Richland APU will use integrated DDR3-2133 memory controller that will offer significantly higher graphics performance than Trinity.
AMD Richland APU specifications:
The new “Richland” desktop APU will consist of four quad-core parts, and a pair of dual-core parts.
- One quad-core A10-6800K part will be at top end and feature a built in Radeon HD 8670D mobile GPU with a TDP of 100W. It will come with unlocked CPU multipliers and GPU stream to unlock extreme overclocking and hence will be called as K part of unit.
- Second quad-core A8-6600K part will feature a built in Radeon HD 8570D integrated graphics with a TDP of 100W. It will come with unlocked multipliers for overclocking.
- Third quad-core A10-6700 part will be equipped with Radeon HD 8670D GPU with a TDP of 65W. It will have non-K design and will have low clock speed in order to maintain power consumption at low level
- Third quad-core A8-6500 part will be equipped with Radeon HD 8570D GPU with a TDP of 65W. It will also have non-K design and will have low clock speed in order to maintain power consumption at low level
- First dual core part will be A6-6400K equipped with Radeon HD 8470D integrated graphics of 65W TDP
- Second dual core part will be A4-6300 featuring Radeon HD 8430D integrated graphics of 65W TDP
Features of Bolton chipset of AMD Richland APU
The Richland Chip or rather codenamed ‘Bolton FCH’, is set to support following features:
- Bolton-D4 “A88X” to support up to 8 SATA-III 6Gb/s devices with an additional 4 USB 3.0 ports and 14 USB 2.0 ports.
- Bolton-D3 “A78″ to support 6 SATA-III 6Gb/s devices with an additional USB 3.0 ports.
AMD has reportedly decided to replace the old A55 chipset for A68 chipset (SATA-III + 3 USB 3.0), launched by the Brazos 2.0 platform, which will become the new low-end chipset for AMD’s Fusion platform.
AMD Richland release date
It is notable that Richland APUs will be compatible with existing FM2 motherboard socket and it requires only a BIOS update from the board manufacturer.
Richland APU will be using 32 nm process and Piledriver CPU architecture similar to Trinity APU, but will feature updated Radeon HD 8000 series GPUs, higher clock speeds and faster DDR3-2133MHz dual-channel memory controller than Trinity. AMD Richland release date will fall in Q2 of 2013.