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News Posted: Wed, Sep 7 2011 3:41 PM
AMD is known for rolling out CPU after CPU after CPU in relatively quick succession, always keeping a wide range of specifications and price points available to consumers. The company’s strategy with its APUs is no different.

The AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400, a pair of budget desktop APUs, are now available, expanding the A-series lineup from 5 to 7 chips. You can have the A4-3300 or A4-3400 for $70 or $75, respectively.

AMD makes some bold claims about how well its line of APUs perform, but regardless whether they’re the Next Big Thing in desktop computing or just a neat way to build a low-end computer, getting your processing and graphics for 70 bucks is a deal. (You can see our reviews here and here.)

Check the specs in the press release below.


AMD Expands its Desktop Line-Up of AMD Fusion APUs
A4 APUs enable an excellent everyday computing experience

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – September 7, 2011
AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced availability of the AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop processors, bringing the entry-level desktop APU price down to just $70 (U.S. suggested retail price) for consumers who want PCs with brilliant HD graphics, advanced performance, and fast application and connectivity speeds.

The AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop APUs each combine two x86 CPU cores with 160 RadeonTM cores, enabling powerful DirectX®11-capable discrete- level graphics and dedicated HD video processing on a single chip. These dual- core APUs enable responsive and energy-efficient performance for everyday PC productivity and multitasking, as well as an amazing gaming experience.

In addition to leading-edge graphics and competitive compute power, the AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 APUs support:
• AMD Steady Video for instant removal of shakes and jitters when re- watching video, so content looks steady and smooth.
• AMD Dual Graphics for a visual performance boost when paired with select AMD RadeonTM HD 6000 Series graphics cardsii.
• Integrated USB 3.0 controller for rapid transfer and storage of digital content.
• AMD VISION Engine Software to provide users with regular updates to help improve system performance and stability, and to introduce new software enhancements.

With a suggested retail price of $70.00 (U.S), the AMD A4-3300 APU operates at 2.5GHz (CPU) and 444MHz (GPU) with 160 RadeonTM Cores, 1MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W. With a suggested retail price of $75.00 (U.S), the AMD A4-3400 APU operates at 2.7GHz (CPU) and 600MHz (GPU) with 160 RadeonTM Cores, 1MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W.

All AMD A-Series processors are designed for use with FM1 motherboards. AMD A4 APUs require the AMD Vision Engine Control Center 11.8 driver release or later releases.
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How about a *~HEX-Core~* A series, socket FM1 chip AMD?

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realneil:

How about a *~HEX-Core~* A series, socket FM1 chip AMD?

"That would something. I keep hearing that the APU's are selling well for AMD. these lower cost dual cores Chips will sell nicely for those on a real tight budget."

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Sounds good to me.

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rrplay replied on Thu, Sep 8 2011 8:28 AM

Sound very good indeed considering that a lot of folks would not only greatly benefit from the savings but these APU s provide plenty of the user experience that 's needed and would not necessarily miss the or use the potential of a much higher end system.Great and easy way to build a modest mainstream rig for Aunt Clara with a 3TB HD like some of those from Seagate and WD that we seen yesterday.Plenty of processing power and storage.

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realneil replied on Thu, Sep 8 2011 11:56 AM

The A8-APU's pack a Radeon HD 6550D graphics engine within. A Hex-Core APU would have more cores and ~maybe~ a more powerful Graphics capability too. One of the AMD APU selling points is that you can buy the proper DX-11 discrete GPU and install it onto the board for crossfire goodness. You get a real, measurable boost in performance without having to power up two video cards.

AMD says that you can boost (already good) visual performance up to 123% when you combine the AMD A8 APU with the AMD Radeon HD 6670 graphics card. So, I think that adding the HD6670 would be well worth it to do. They're $99.00 all over the web as of now.

The FM1 boards already have SATA-III and USB-3.0 support, so they're good to go with new equipment into the near future.

There is room for improvement on this platform, but it's already quite capable as it is. I'm just wondering what they have on the drawing board for socket FM1.

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Thanks for the info realneil. Wow $70 is ridiculously cheap for a processor and video card. I could easily make some nice Ubuntu machine for people with these :)

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Come on AMD! I wanna see something that competes with Intel's high end i7 processors!

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AMontiel:
I wanna see something that competes with Intel's high end i7 processors!

Just like the rest of us,.......

 

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