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Efficient AMD A10-6700T APU to hit Retail Next Week

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AMD's more efficient A10-6700T APU is expected to retail next week.

AMD will soon release new APU with specifications that closely match that of the A10-6700 APU but carries a much lower TDP. The APU, which will be known as the A10-6700T, will have a TDP of just 45 W -- 20 W less than the A10-6700.

Beyond the lowered TDP, the only lowered specifications are the clock speeds. The still four Piledriver cores run at 2.5 GHz base, with a TurboCore speed of 3.5 GHz. The unit still features 4 MB of L2 cache. In addition, the unit carries the AMD Radeon HD 8650D GPU, which runs at 760 MHz base and 844 MHz Boost.

The APU is expected to hit retail shelves sometime next week and will be priced around $150.

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    sykozis , August 23, 2013 5:54 PM
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    I'm kind of used to lower the frequency by a few percent, and getting a much larger percentage drop in power use. It's probably the GPU, as the frequency wasn't lowered much, but 45 watts for a dual-core (it's a dual core, not a quad-core, except if you're an AMD zombie who really thinks adding an integer unit and nothing else makes one core, two) running at 2.5 GHz isn't that great. The scenarios for this processor are limited, the A10-6700 is going to be better for most people, being quite powerful, and being reasonable on performance.


    If you go by that line of thinking, the 8086 was only a half-core processor, as were the 286, 386 and 486SX as they all only featured an ALU and required a separate x87 "math co-processor" (better known as an FPU) for floating point operations. Having an FPU doesn't make a "core" a "core". It's the ALU that determines what's a processor core. Unlike the FPU, the ALU is a fully functional, stand-alone component. The FPU can't operate without the ALU.

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    The APU is a made up market by AMD because they can no longer compete with intel in th CPU market. AMD's R&D staff should've been fired LONG ago. I feel bad for AMD fans who keep hoping month after month, year after year for AMD to release anything that can compete with intel. AMD is 2 generations behind intel at this point.


    APU isn't a "made up market by AMD". AMD uses the term as a reference to CPUs that have an integrated graphics processor, which is something Intel actually pushed to market first. The Core i3 and i5 processors on LGA1156 were the first x86 processors to feature an integrated graphics processor. Intel has no need for such references due to the fact that even the majority of their mainstream processors have integrated graphics processors.

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    From what I understand, you will see hardly any reason for an APU unless programs are specifically written for them.


    Your understanding is quite wrong. If that were the case, Intel wouldn't waste their time putting an integrated graphics processor on every CPU package. An APU functions as both a CPU and a GPU (which is exactly what they are). The 2 components are completely capable of functioning independent of each other, even while sharing the same processor package. You code for the CPU portion, the same as you would any other CPU. You code for the GPU portion, the same as you would any other GPU.
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    Someone Somewhere , August 23, 2013 7:38 PM
    There is a difference between 'Efficient' and 'Low power'.

    This is the latter.
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    IndignantSkeptic , August 23, 2013 5:33 PM
    From what I understand, you will see hardly any reason for an APU unless programs are specifically written for them.
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    alextheblue , August 23, 2013 5:42 PM
    Have to bench it before you can determine what "speed" it runs at. Depending on how the turbo operates, it may end up being faster than its base clock implies. The listed turbo clock, for example, is 81% of the 6700's turbo clock. Also, the GPU will be almost as fast. It actually has the same top speed. In a low-power APU system, I'd say this is going to be the biggest limiting factor anyway.

    What I really want to know is if AM3+ is going to see any Steamroller chips.
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    Jaxem , August 23, 2013 5:42 PM
    I'm really not getting why saving a bit of power on a desktop is a big deal, people want a fast powerful desktop, not one that saves them $1.20 a month on their power bill.
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    Narcissistic_Martyr , August 23, 2013 5:51 PM
    Looks like a sweet laptop chip to me, perfect for a budget gaming notebook. Stick it in a 14 inch laptop that weighs under 2 kilos for less than $600 and I'd be all over it.
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    sykozis , August 23, 2013 5:54 PM
    Quote:
    I'm kind of used to lower the frequency by a few percent, and getting a much larger percentage drop in power use. It's probably the GPU, as the frequency wasn't lowered much, but 45 watts for a dual-core (it's a dual core, not a quad-core, except if you're an AMD zombie who really thinks adding an integer unit and nothing else makes one core, two) running at 2.5 GHz isn't that great. The scenarios for this processor are limited, the A10-6700 is going to be better for most people, being quite powerful, and being reasonable on performance.


    If you go by that line of thinking, the 8086 was only a half-core processor, as were the 286, 386 and 486SX as they all only featured an ALU and required a separate x87 "math co-processor" (better known as an FPU) for floating point operations. Having an FPU doesn't make a "core" a "core". It's the ALU that determines what's a processor core. Unlike the FPU, the ALU is a fully functional, stand-alone component. The FPU can't operate without the ALU.

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    The APU is a made up market by AMD because they can no longer compete with intel in th CPU market. AMD's R&D staff should've been fired LONG ago. I feel bad for AMD fans who keep hoping month after month, year after year for AMD to release anything that can compete with intel. AMD is 2 generations behind intel at this point.


    APU isn't a "made up market by AMD". AMD uses the term as a reference to CPUs that have an integrated graphics processor, which is something Intel actually pushed to market first. The Core i3 and i5 processors on LGA1156 were the first x86 processors to feature an integrated graphics processor. Intel has no need for such references due to the fact that even the majority of their mainstream processors have integrated graphics processors.

    Quote:
    From what I understand, you will see hardly any reason for an APU unless programs are specifically written for them.


    Your understanding is quite wrong. If that were the case, Intel wouldn't waste their time putting an integrated graphics processor on every CPU package. An APU functions as both a CPU and a GPU (which is exactly what they are). The 2 components are completely capable of functioning independent of each other, even while sharing the same processor package. You code for the CPU portion, the same as you would any other CPU. You code for the GPU portion, the same as you would any other GPU.
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    teh_chem , August 23, 2013 6:46 PM
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    Is this really progress? It runs at 2/3 the speed, and uses 2/3 the power? This is a good thing?

    I was about to call shenanigans, but it appears you're right.

    A10-6700T 2.5GHz base, 3.5GHz turbo
    A10-6700 3.7GHz base, 4.3GHz turbo

    I don't understand why this is even designated as the "T" version of the 6700. It's just an under-clocked CPU (and hence, of course it has a lower TDP).
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    Someone Somewhere , August 23, 2013 7:38 PM
    There is a difference between 'Efficient' and 'Low power'.

    This is the latter.
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    aggroboy , August 23, 2013 8:02 PM
    This will be perfect for a cool silent HTPC box
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    hakesterman , August 23, 2013 8:12 PM
    I'll Put my FX 8350 up against any Intel chip remotely in it's class. As far as APU's are concerned, their excellent for internet PC or people who want to play simple games like Angry Birds and card games. Their not designed for high end PC's, their great for what their made for.
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    knowom , August 23, 2013 11:19 PM
    AMD has fallen so far since it's glory days of the AMD64, but I really feel no real remorse for them when they were on top they price gouged heavily for those CPU's.

    The company I'd like to see doing something is VIA they were always so keen on power efficiency and had some really innovative thinking, but I think that's a long shot.
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    ojas , August 23, 2013 11:44 PM
    Lower power != higher efficiency unless performance output is the same.
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    silverblue , August 24, 2013 2:02 AM
    The only difference between this and the 5750M is the slightly higher GPU clock speeds, which would explain the TDP change from 35W to 45W. The GPU, therefore, is the same as the one in the 6800, except I'm not so sure about its base clock.
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    DjEaZy , August 24, 2013 2:09 AM
    ... i wanna this in a 17+ inch laptop with ssd + hdd and 7.1 audio out... and i'm sold...
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    smeezekitty , August 24, 2013 10:43 AM
    There are other benefits to having lower power. For example a quiet system with low power components.
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    Someone Somewhere , August 24, 2013 9:16 PM
    That does not make it more efficient though.

    Yes, low power is good for quiet.
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    southernshark , August 25, 2013 3:11 PM
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    I'm really not getting why saving a bit of power on a desktop is a big deal, people want a fast powerful desktop, not one that saves them $1.20 a month on their power bill.



    It really depends on where you live and what your budget is.

    EXAMPLE: I lived in a nice section of Guatemala City for two years. For the first six months there I was operating just with a laptop. My energy bill was around $500 Quetzales a month (that's about $75 US dollars). Guatemala City is quite cool being up in the mountains so I never ran an AC or anything like that.

    That Christmas, I flew back to Fla. and picked up my PC. After installing the PC and video monitor, my light bill jumped to $900 Quetzales a month (about $130 dollars) almost doubling my energy bill. This is because Guatemala City uses a "scaling" energy bill. If you use over X amount of energy per month then your costs are scaled. So let's say I was at 1x per Kilowatt, I was suddenly billed at 1.5x per Kilowatt for crossing that magical barrier. That's a bill of over 600 USD per year just to run a PC.

    I still ran mine, because that's how I roll. But one can imagine how someone, especially if they had to live on Guatemalan wages, would want to stay below that magic cut off point.
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    HKILLER , August 26, 2013 12:21 PM
    I love it how people are trying to bash AMD at the same time they have forgoten that both Sony and Microsoft gave their consoles to AMD this year instead of Intel or Nvidia.they're gonna sell a massive number of consoles.+AMD still sales Graphic Cards and alot of people who are on budget would go with AMD processors.so if you are thinking AMD is going down you can dream on...
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    husker , November 27, 2013 2:11 PM
    I bid 10 million "Quetzales" for the drill thrall!
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    hotbuddha , November 27, 2013 3:06 PM
    Actually it is in fact more efficient. For one thing you cannot look only at the processor speed dropping without taking into account that the graphics speed remains the same. Also someone's math was off even on just the processor comparison alone. It would not be 2/3 the speed for 2/3 the power it would have been a 25% performance drop for a 30% power usage drop. Here it is taking into account the graphics performance remaining the same as well which shows even more efficiency...

    Graphics Same .760 to .844 = Avg .802 GHz

    A10-6700 3.7 to 4.3 = Avg 4 + .8 Graphics = 4.8
    A10-6700T 2.5 to 3.5 = Avg 3 + .8 Graphics = 3.8

    Performance difference is 3.8/4.8 = .79 or about 20% less on the T
    Power difference 45/60 = .69 or about 30% less on the T

    So, at the cost of a 20% reduction in total performance you get a 30% reduction in power usage. That my friends makes for a more efficient APU.
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