AMD Kaveri Mobile APU, FX-7600P Preview

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Test System Specs And Vital Signs

Here's a quick peek at what CPU-Z detects for thsi Kaveri mobile variant, though the code name "Bald Eagle" and the A10 badge pasted in there aren't correct.  The rest however, looks to be detected correctly.

Again, the AMD FX-7600P we tested here technically has a base clock of 2.7GHz and a top turbo frequency of 3.6GHz.  We tried to push some load to the new APU to get it to its peak clock speed bur frankly couldn't quite get it to sweat enough to get there.  You can also see the chips 2x2048KByte L2 cache for a total of 4MB total. Beyond that, you can see our GPU cores are clocked at 685MHz with 933MHz DDR memory clock at 1866MHz effectively.  We should also note this top-end Kaveri chip supports a single X16 PCI Express Gen3 link, though not all models support this.  Some only have Gen2 PCIe links but we'll cover that a bit later.

The actual machine we tested is what we would consider to be a thin and light design but in a 15-inch form factor it's definitely not an ultra-light.  In fact, the 35 Watt FX-7600P Kaveri chip we were able to work with here more easily takes residence in this class of machine, where the focus is on multimedia horsepower and general performance, versus all out battery life and portability. This Compal unit is in the 4 - 5lb weight class, however, so it's still quite manageable.  Regardless, for something in the 3lb or less range, you'll likely see a 19 Watt A10 or similar Kaveri chip powering a traditional ultralight design in a 13.3-inch or less form factor. 

And for the record, AMD has already announced several design wins out at Computex 2014, with machines from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba to name more than a few. In fact, we're pretty impressed with the traction AMD has at launch for Kaveri mobile and it's a good sign that their new solution is compelling enough for OEMs to immediately develop products based on the architecture.

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