AMD APU Price Cuts and Bundles, October 2014by Jarred Walton on October 22, 2014 3:05 PM EST
AMD officially announced price cuts on their current APU product stack yesterday, which means the cost of a "mainstream" AMD system is now $20-$30 lower than before. Here's the quick rundown of features and pricing for the affected APUs, which include both the new Kaveri APUs as well as previous generation Richland APUs:
|AMD APU Pricing, October 2014|
|A-series APU Model||CPU/GPU Cores||CPU Clock||Graphics||GPU Clock||TDP (cTDP)||MSRP (USD)|
|A10-7850K||4CPU + 512GPU||3.7-4.0||R7||720||95 (65/45)||$143|
|A10-7800||4CPU + 512GPU||3.5-3.9||R7||720||65 (45)||$133|
|A10-7700K||4CPU + 384GPU||3.4-3.8||R7||720||95 (65/45)||$123|
|A8-7600||4CPU + 384GPU||3.1-3.8||R7||720||65 (45)||$92|
|A6-7400K||2CPU + 256GPU||3.5-3.9||R5||756||65 (45)||$58|
|A10-6800K||4CPU + 384GPU||4.1-4.4||8670D||844||100||$112|
|A8-6600K||4CPU + 256GPU||3.9-4.2||8570D||844||100||$92|
|A4-6300||2CPU + 128GPU||3.7-3.9||8370D||760||65||$34|
|A4-5300||2CPU + 128GPU||3.4-3.7||7480D||723||65||$31|
|A4-4000||2CPU + 128GPU||3.0-3.2||7480D||720||65||$27|
Obviously there are differences between the Kaveri and Richland/Trinity platforms and APUs, so keep in mind that Kaveri requires a socket FM2+ motherboard while Richland/Trinity uses socket FM2 (though there are boards that support both chips). The Kaveri graphics are also GCN based while Richland/Trinity use the older VLIW4 architecture, so you can't simply compare the number of GPU cores and clock speed to determine which is faster. The CPU architectures are also different, Steamroller for Kaveri and Piledriver for Richland. Finally, Kaveri APUs support Configurable TDP (cTDP), which allows you to run the APU at lower power targets while potentially giving up a bit of performance in fully loaded situations.
In terms of performance, the fastest AMD APUs basically match up against the Core i3 Intel parts on the CPU side, while the GPU portion of the APUs tends to be quite a bit faster. You can legitimately run most games at moderate details with the Kaveri R7 options, while in many cases Intel's HD 4600 will need to drop the resolution and/or quality to reach reasonable frame rates. As for Kaveri vs. Richland, the CPUs end up mostly being equal (Kaveri wins some tests and Richland wins others) while the GPU favors Kaveri.
Besides the price drops, AMD is also announcing a gaming bundle through the end of October for their A10 APUs (7850K, 7800, 7700K, 6800K, and 6790K): purchasers of one of those APUs can select one of Murdered: Soul Suspect, Thief, or Sniper Elite 3 using the code that comes inside the box. Alternatively, the code can be used to purchase Corel Aftershot Pro 2 for $5 (instead of the normal $60+).
Finally, AMD notes that the above price changes may take some time to show up at retailers. Checking Amazon and Newegg, it looks like the APUs are still priced a bit higher than the suggested prices in the above table. I've linked the prices, and all of the Kaveri APUs remain $15-$25 than the MSRP. The faster Richland APUs on the other hand are much closer to the above prices, but the budget APUs tend to be closer to $15 above MSRP right now. Most of the prices should sort themselves out in the coming days, but you'll want to shop around. Note that there are other APUs that AMD did not specifically list in the price cuts, so prices may or may not decrease on those parts.
Source: AMD PR
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yannigr2 - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - linkI was thinking replacing one of my AM3 systems with an FM2+. But I couldn't find A8-7600 anywhere. I waited for months and finally abandoned the idea. Now I might go for it.
dhanson8652 - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - linkcan anybody tell me an available laptop of any screen size that has a A8-7600 or A10-7800? I can find laptops in the US with 7100 or 73000 APUs but nothing like the ones on this price list.
Novaguy - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - linkNone. A8-7600 and A10-7800 are desktop processors.
dhanson8652 - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - linkthen it would be nice to amend the title of the article to AMD Desktop APU price cuts.
Bob Todd - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - linkI think it is assumed that they are desktop processors since consumers aren't exactly accustomed to buying boxed mobile chips directly from retailers.
meacupla - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - linkThe mobile linup have different model numbers, so I don't think it's easy at all to confuse the two.
A10-7400P, A10-7300, A8-7200P, A8-7100, A8-6410
And this is standard practice at intel as well, so I hope you learned something new.
dhanson8652 - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - link@meaculpa, I've been in the IT industry for decades, no I didn't learn anything new. I was just asking for the article to be reader friendly.
JarredWalton - Friday, October 24, 2014 - linkTo be fair, AMD didn't announce price cuts on all of their desktop APUs either -- only certain models. As for mobile APUs, those are typically purchased by system integrators and OEMs at negotiated prices and so rarely do Intel or AMD announce price cuts on mobile parts. Thus, saying "price cuts" is synonymous with saying "desktop price cuts".
cashnmillions - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - linkI bought a A10-7850K and had it in a SFF case. The performance was pretty weak for gaming, so I ended up buying a low profile GTX 750, runs very well now. Since I ended up doing this though I wish I had gone with a cheaper CPU.
Bob Todd - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - linkI think as a general rule, if gaming is at all a priority then you should just assume you need a dedicated card and choose other components accordingly. Realistically I could get away with a 7850K in my HTPCs as I usually only play games with my son on those, and they aren't very demanding (e.g. Castle Crashers, Lego games, etc.). I'd love to use the Radeon 7850 in them to play some Borderlands The Pre Sequel in the media room, but life isn't going to give me time for that anytime soon...