The new AMD A-series Elite accelerated processing unit (APU), the A10-6790K, is now available from AMD. The A10-6790K quad core CPU features 4.1GHz base clock speed and a 4.3GHz turbo core speed. The 384 AMD Radeon 8670D graphics cores at clocked at 844MHz. The APU memory controller supports up to DDR3-1866MHz memory speeds. As a K-series processor it is unlocked, and has an SEP of $130USD. This new APU replaces the A10-5800K to increase performance at a highly popular price point.
The strength of AMD Elite series APU’s continues to grow as the PC industry aligns to take advantage of the nascent heterogeneous compute performance inside heterogeneous processors. Most recently this was seen in the Windows 8.1 release, which, when combined with the latest AMD Catalyst driver, increased performance in several key areas by up to 10%. Find out more details in the AMD blog here.
The AMD A10-6800K offers a heterogeneous compute advantage of up to 13% against the >60% more expensive competitor product – and a gaming performance advantage of nearly 50%. Windows 8.1 is a free update for Windows 8 users, and can be installed through the Microsoft Store, meaning any consumer with an AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) based PC can increase performance by nearly 10% simply through installing the Windows 8.1 update, and AMD’s latest Catalyst driver.
This performance increase – and competitive advantage – can be simply tested using the latest industry benchmarks such as 3DMark Firestrike, PCMark 8.1 Home, and BasemarkCL. As an indicator of current and future combined compute capabilities, you should find these tests demonstrate the trend of combined compute workloads – the future of processing.
Any PC user building a new PC now has a new choice of socket FM2+ motherboards to choose from, offering drop-in upgradability for next generation FM2+ APU’s while retaining backwards compatibility with existing socket FM2 APU’s. A user refreshing their A10-5800K PC with Windows 8.1 and an A10-6790K could see an uplift of nearly 15% over their previous levels of performance.