Wednesday AMD announced the availability of its two dual-core A-Series APUs: the A4-3300 and the A4-3400 for desktops. Now PC builders can throw together an AMD-based entry-level desktop with DirectX 11 capabilities, dedicated HD video processing and advanced performance by spending around $70 on the just the APU – and without having to purchase a separate PCIe graphics card.
"The AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop APUs each combine two x86 CPU cores with 160 Radeon cores, enabling powerful DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics and dedicated HD video processing on a single chip," the company said. "These dual-core APUs enable responsive and energy-efficient performance for everyday PC productivity and multitasking, as well as an amazing gaming experience."
Now available for $70 USD, the AMD A4-3300 APU features a CPU clock speed of 2.5 GHz and a GPU clock speed of 444 MHz. It includes the 160 Radeon (HD 6410D) cores, 1 MB of L2 cache and a TDP of just 65W. The AMD A4-3400 is slightly pricier, costing a mere five bucks more ($75 USD). This APU features a CPU clock speed of 2.7 GHz, a GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, 160 Radeon cores, 1 MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W.
The AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop APUs are now available for purchase from Amazon.com, NCIX and other retailers. All A-Series processors are designed for use with FM1 motherboards, but the A4 APUs require the AMD Vision Engine Control Center 11.8 driver release or later releases, the company added.