AMD Kaveri To Launch On January 14th As A10-7850K

AMD has announced at the developer conference APU13 that it will launch the new AMD Kaveri, also known as A10-7850K, next year on the 14th of January. The statement made by AMD at the conference also points to the CES 2014 where AMD will reveal more details about the Kaveri CPU.

Kaveri will be AMD’s third-gen performance APU and the first with heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) features. It also supports AMD’s TrueAudio technology and its Mantle API. The Kaveri chip boosts 856 GFlops, the core frequency will be 3.7 GHz with a GPU that gets 512 shader units at 720 MHz.

Kaveri boosts devices to the “next level of graphics, compute and efficiency.” To that end, Kaveri is built on up to four “Steamroller” x86, multi-thread cores. In terms of graphics, Kaveri has up to eight Graphics Core Next GPU cores. The GPU carries more of the workload, and a feature called hUMA turns it into a “first-class citizen” when accessing memory. In fact, the GPU is so first class it jams takes up almost 50% of the die and is a 512-core part.

Kaveri’s heterogeneous queuing also brings parity to the processors, and the GPU and CPU are equally equipped to create and dispatch work. Instead of having to communicate through the operating system, the two units communicate workload through queues. AMD claimed it marks the first time a GPU and CPU have uniform visibility into a machine’s entire memory space.

The price is still not known but according to John Taylor, corporate vice president of corporate communication, the price of a single Kaveri APU is cheaper than a CPU and GPU sold separately from competitors. To show Kaveri’s dominance, AMD ran the APU against a combo Intel Core i7 4470K CPU and Nvidia GeForce GT630 GPU in a 1080 x 1920 Battlefield 4 demo. The results outputted showed Kaveri running nearly double the frames for second.

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