A couple of new APUs will be added to AMD’s Richland lineup next week according to WCCF-Tech. AMD will release the A10-6700T and the A8-6500T, with the ‘T’ suffix denoting the energy efficient design with a 45W TDP, with no reduction in core-count compared with their similarly named but non ‘T’ suffixed brethren.
These ‘T’ APUs with their lower TDPs should perform better in systems where cooling solutions have less room to do their job, in small living room friendly designed HTPC systems for example. Both the A10-6700T and the A8-6500T are quad-core ‘Piledriver’ processors based upon 32nm Richland silicon.
This quad-core APU will have a base clock of 2.1GHz but we don’t know what the exact TurboCore frequency will be. It is equipped with a 4MB L2 cache and a Radeon HD 8550D GPU with 256 Stream processors. The GPU portion has a base clock of 720MHz. The list price of this chip is unknown.
This quad-core APU will have a base clock of 2.5GHz with a TurboCore frequency of 3.5GHz. It is equipped with a 4MB L2 cache and a Radeon HD 8650D GPU with 384 Stream processors. The GPU portion has a base/boost clock of 760/844MHz. The list price of this chip is US$150.
The non ‘T’ suffixed version of the AMD A10-6700 was already thought to be “the pick of the bunch” in the HEXUS labs because it is practically as fast as the top of the line A10-6800K, yet much less power hungry. Now that the A10-6700T is reported to be released for sale this week (or next week), it will be interesting to see what these core clock speed reductions, from 3.7GHz to 2.5GHz, do to the real-world performance. Also will many people be attracted to these upcoming lower clocked 45W TDP APUs?