In the second quarter of this year, AMD will launch its next-generation accelerated processing unit, codenamed “Trinity”, starting with quad-core A10 and A8 parts in the quarter, followed by dual-core A6 and A4 parts in the third-quarter of 2012. DonanimHaber scored a specifications-sheet that details all the models AMD has in store for this year, also giving us an insight to what constitute each of these model numbers.
An interesting revelation here is that AMD does not have triple-core APUs anywhere in its lineup. The A10 lineup consists of quad-core APUs that come with Radeon HD 7660D graphics, while the A8 lineup also consists of quad-core APUs, but with slower Radeon HD 7560D graphics. The A6 lineup consists of dual-core APUs with Radeon HD 7540D graphics, while the A4 lineup has dual-core APUs with Radeon HD 7480D graphics.
The HD 7660D has 384 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, HD 7560D has 256 of these, the HD 7540D has 192, and the HD 7480D has 128. The HD 7480D also lacks dual-graphics support that lets you pair the APU-embedded graphics processor with a compatible discrete GPU to make the two work in tandem. While these GPUs have comparatively lower stream processors than previous-generation “Llano”, performance increase is made up for by the more advanced GPU architecture, and higher GPU core speeds.
Leading the chart is the A10-5800K, designed for gamers and overclockers on a tight budget. This chip packs 4 “Piledriver” architecture cores (based in two modules), with 3.80 GHz (stock) and 4.20 GHz (TurboCore) frequency, 4 MB total cache, and Radeon HD 7660D graphics. This chip bears the Black Edition branding, and hence features an unlocked base clock multiplier that helps with overclocking. This is followed by the non-Black Edition A10-5700 clocked at 3.40 GHz with 4.00 GHz TurboCore.
The A10-5800K is not the only Black Edition part, there’s also the A8-5600K, which bears clock speeds of 3.60 GHz (stock), 3.90 (TurboCore) and A6-5400K, both of which feature the unlocked base clock multiplier; Just below the A8-5600K is the A8-5500, with 3.20 GHz (stock), 3.70 GHz (TurboCore). The cheapest of the lot will be the A4-5300. The clock speeds of the A6 and A4 parts were not revealed.