Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Richland-based AMD Athlon X4 FM2 CPUs Launched

By - Source: CPU World | B 18 comments

A number of Athlon X4 chips for the FM2 socket have silently surfaced on numerous retailers and sellers.

It appears that AMD has silently launched a new series of processors based on the Richland architecture. These CPUs are the new Athlon X4 CPUs that will work in the FM2 socket. The only difference between these chips and the Richland APUs, though, is that they do not feature the integrated graphics part. The chips feature higher clock speeds, and a number of them come with unlocked multipliers -- clearly, they target consumers who want the cheaper parts though have no intention of using the integrated graphics. Obviously, use of the chip will require a discrete graphics card.

The top of the line Athlon X4 760K comes in two flavors: a 760K version and a 760K Black Edition version. The two chips are nearly identical, with the only exception being that the Black Edition chip, as is typical from AMD, features an unlocked multiplier. They both feature a clock speed of 3.8 GHz, a boost speed of 4.1 GHz, and pack four cores. They also feature the same 100 W TDP as the A10-6800 part. The Black Edition chip is priced at around $130 while the standard 760K chip will cost around $100.

Other FM2 Athlon 'Richland'-based chips are expected later down the line.

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
  • 0 Hide
    jessterman21 , June 19, 2013 10:06 AM
    Wait, two flavors - one is unlocked? Then what the hell does the -K signify?
  • 0 Hide
    de5_Roy , June 19, 2013 10:25 AM
    wth. what happened to previous convention of -k suffix for unlocked multiplier? for $30 more?! these should be priced under $90 imo.
    looks like a ploy to confuse and trick interested buyers into getting a locked cpu.
  • 1 Hide
    whiteodian , June 19, 2013 10:29 AM
    Black Editions have been the unlocked ones as far as I know. Intel uses the K to signify unlocked. I wonder if they will make some new Phenoms.
  • Display all 18 comments.
  • 0 Hide
    slomo4sho , June 19, 2013 10:49 AM
    The black edition seems to be readily available at around £65 which is ~$100...
  • 0 Hide
    ddpruitt , June 19, 2013 10:50 AM
    BEs are the unlocked multipliers, I don't recall what the K stands for.

    Glad to see that AMD's starting to release some new parts. I would like to see one of these benchmarked to see what kinds of improvements have been made.
  • 0 Hide
    vmem , June 19, 2013 10:50 AM
    Quote:
    Black Editions have been the unlocked ones as far as I know. Intel uses the K to signify unlocked. I wonder if they will make some new Phenoms.


    Phenom cores plus GCN iGPU would be a huge win for entry level gaming builds. would make some really interesting mini-ITX builds (as you can lose the GPU slot as well)
  • 1 Hide
    TheMentalist , June 19, 2013 10:51 AM
    Ok, time for Phenom III
  • 0 Hide
    sonofliberty08 , June 19, 2013 10:52 AM
    if they make it low power, it will be good chip for cyber cafe
  • 0 Hide
    Ranth , June 19, 2013 11:02 AM
    That makes no sense... Non black-editions does not have the 'k' suffix and come in a white box with a 65w tdp.. don't see why they would break that pattern with only one processor...

    Also can't find the 760k non-black-edition anywhere.
  • 0 Hide
    slomo4sho , June 19, 2013 11:18 AM
    Quote:
    Also can't find the 760k non-black-edition anywhere.


    Probably because it doesn't exist. The price of the black edition is currently what this article considers the locked version to be.
  • 0 Hide
    1991ATServerTower , June 19, 2013 1:14 PM
    This artical doesn't make any sense...

    Have a look at Newegg,

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007670%20600372025&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20

    A6-5400k, A6-6400k, A8-5600k, A8-6600k, A10-5800k, A10-6800k, Athlon x4 750k

    All have unlocked multipliers. All have black boxes and have names that are followed by a "k". None are refered to as "Black Editions".

    The odd man out is the Athlon x2 370, which has a black box, no K, but has been reported to have an ulocked multiplier. I could not find it on AMD's site to verify that though.
  • 0 Hide
    slomo4sho , June 19, 2013 1:32 PM
    Quote:

    The odd man out is the Athlon x2 370, which has a black box, no K, but has been reported to have an ulocked multiplier. I could not find it on AMD's site to verify that though.


    Nevertheless, the Athlon X2 370K does have a unlocked multiplier.

    AMDs website is horrid.
  • 0 Hide
    unsivilaudio , June 19, 2013 1:40 PM
    Look again at the packaging all the "K" series chips are indeed labeled "Black Edition".


    I think this article is just full of misinformation. :) 
  • 0 Hide
    HellfireMagic , June 20, 2013 1:08 AM
    I picked up a 760K Black Edition for £52.49 (approx $83) including VAT and delivery from Dabs in the UK. That might have been a special offer as they are now £62.98 ($95) in stock which sounds about right from this forum.
  • 0 Hide
    HKILLER , June 21, 2013 4:36 AM
    you know AMD should really start making some Motherboards with PCIe 3.0!yes i would like to spend less money on the mother board and CPU but instead i would like to spend more money on my GPU.and most of the PCIe 2.0 graphics are nearly out of production or their price tag is just unbelievable.for example an EVGA GTX 580 3gb classified is 600$(this is one of the best PCIe 2.0 cards you can get).why would i buy that when GTX 770 is only 420$?hell 7970 Ghz edition is 450$!...you can buy those but you would definitely encounter bottleneck problems when you install them.right now the only mother Board that has PCIe3.0 has been made by Asus but the socket is AM3+.also as soon as it re-stocks in sites within 10 minutes all of it is sold....
  • 0 Hide
    slomo4sho , June 21, 2013 1:57 PM
    Quote:
    you know AMD should really start making some Motherboards with PCIe 3.0!yes i would like to spend less money on the mother board and CPU but instead i would like to spend more money on my GPU.and most of the PCIe 2.0 graphics are nearly out of production or their price tag is just unbelievable.for example an EVGA GTX 580 3gb classified is 600$(this is one of the best PCIe 2.0 cards you can get).why would i buy that when GTX 770 is only 420$?hell 7970 Ghz edition is 450$!...you can buy those but you would definitely encounter bottleneck problems when you install them.right now the only mother Board that has PCIe3.0 has been made by Asus but the socket is AM3+.also as soon as it re-stocks in sites within 10 minutes all of it is sold....


    You do realize you can use PCIe 3.0 cards in PCIe 2.0 slots? Also, no modern card can actually utilize the full bandwidth capacity of a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot.
  • 0 Hide
    1991ATServerTower , June 22, 2013 5:23 PM
    Quote:
    I picked up a 760K Black Edition for £52.49 (approx $83) including VAT and delivery from Dabs in the UK. That might have been a special offer as they are now £62.98 ($95) in stock which sounds about right from this forum.


    Out of curiosity, which FM2 board did you buy? I find that FM2 boards offer a more sensible set of features and out of the box bios compatibility certainty than the AM3+ line up. The L3 cache on the FX 4xxx line is nice, however it's cheaper and less of a headache to buy the Trinity Athlons x4s.
  • 0 Hide
    tyaty1 , August 10, 2013 11:41 AM
    Quote:

    You do realize you can use PCIe 3.0 cards in PCIe 2.0 slots? Also, no modern card can actually utilize the full bandwidth capacity of a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot.


    It matters when you use 4x or 8x Pci-E slots.

    Even 4x pci-e 3.0 van provide more bandwidth as a 8x pci- 2.0.