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AMD To Cut Prices of Some FM1 APUs

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AMD is expected to drop prices of some of its older processors.

According to a report published by Digitimes, AMD will reduce the tray price of the A4-3300 from $46 to 30, as well as the A4-3400 from $48 to $35.

The more recent FM2-based A4-5300 will reportedly drop from $53 to $30 in Q1 2013 to compete against Intel's Pentium chips. Price appears to be AMD's main leverage to defend itself against Intel in what is a toughening CPU market.

Following Intel's sobering earnings result announced yesterday, AMD will be releasing its numbers on Thursday. According to rumors, AMD will once again be cutting costs.

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    adgjlsfhk , October 18, 2012 1:28 AM
    AMD should focus on gaming laptops. They could deliver cheap gaming laptops that would blow intel ones in the same range out of the water.
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    dudewitbow , October 18, 2012 3:00 AM
    lostmyclanmine htpc is a 3770k at 4.3ghz, one a4 is only for backup and files sharing. sorry amd but you have the fm2 already and the fm1 mobos is a pain in the @ss

    why would a home theater system need the processing power of an i7? its extremely unnecessary. If you use the i7 for a different purpose like work, then it isn't considered a HTPC anymore.
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    edgewood112358 , October 18, 2012 1:50 AM
    $30 for an A4 APU!? even though its a fairly weak processor, with 4GB of RAM and a 2TB HDD this thing would make an unbeatable HTPC for less than $300.
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    adgjlsfhk , October 18, 2012 1:28 AM
    AMD should focus on gaming laptops. They could deliver cheap gaming laptops that would blow intel ones in the same range out of the water.
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    tomfreak , October 18, 2012 1:34 AM
    there are a lot of core 2 duo users out there, may be if they are smart enough to grab us without big upgrade cost. Now is to get the mobo maker cost down.

    I wouldn't mind upgrading my old PC, if I only have to top up just $50-75 for the entire platform change(CPU+mobo+RAM) + speed boost.

    A3300 is a dual 2.5Ghz, so upgrading from core 2 duo isnt really make any sense. May be a A6 in these kind of price?
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    edgewood112358 , October 18, 2012 1:50 AM
    $30 for an A4 APU!? even though its a fairly weak processor, with 4GB of RAM and a 2TB HDD this thing would make an unbeatable HTPC for less than $300.
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    abbadon_34 , October 18, 2012 2:08 AM
    this is pretty sizable percentage cut, let's hope it trickles down to retail before they are obsolete
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    dudewitbow , October 18, 2012 3:00 AM
    lostmyclanmine htpc is a 3770k at 4.3ghz, one a4 is only for backup and files sharing. sorry amd but you have the fm2 already and the fm1 mobos is a pain in the @ss

    why would a home theater system need the processing power of an i7? its extremely unnecessary. If you use the i7 for a different purpose like work, then it isn't considered a HTPC anymore.
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    BulkZerker , October 18, 2012 3:39 AM
    lostmyclanits my central multimidia works and games, wi-fi hdmi for the tv, wi-fi mice and keyboard and a monitor 24"" for games purposes... and the i7 have less power draw than amd chips.



    Riiight, I;m sure your i7 paired with a Nvidia $70 GT$$$$ draws less at the plug than a AMD APU.
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    marshal11 , October 18, 2012 3:41 AM
    adgjlsfhkAMD should focus on gaming laptops. They could deliver cheap gaming laptops that would blow intel ones in the same range out of the water.

    they are focusing on laptops. i'm pretty sure the first A10 cpu came out for mobiles. i could be wrong because i don't really focus on AMD CPUs anymore. i do know that the integrated GPUs are awesome and they are the best CPU to get for budget gaming desktops, HTPCs and laptops.
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    aftcomet , October 18, 2012 4:40 AM
    I still think i3-2100 is the sweet spot for HTPC.
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    Bloob , October 18, 2012 4:41 AM
    Anyone know how well these work with Linux? Mainly, are the GPU-drivers good?
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    ragenalien , October 18, 2012 5:23 AM
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    Anyone know how well these work with Linux? Mainly, are the GPU-drivers good?


    Linux drivers are terrible for these. Build a cheap desktop from an A6 back in April for a linux development machine, zero opencl/gl support. Ended up slapping windows on it and giving it to my parents to replace their core2duo.
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    Bloob , October 18, 2012 6:40 AM
    ragenalienLinux drivers are terrible for these. Build a cheap desktop from an A6 back in April for a linux development machine, zero opencl/gl support. Ended up slapping windows on it and giving it to my parents to replace their core2duo.

    Thanks for replying ( and quickly at that ). :) 

    But damn, these would have been great for a small linux-box. While RAM is cheap atm I wouldn't want to buy more than 1 GB for a HTPC, and most distros run great on 1GB.
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    ta152h , October 18, 2012 7:23 AM
    It all makes sense, really. Most of the morons that review AMD processors keep calling single core chips dual core because AMD does. In reality, they aren't. They are barely more of a dual core chip than an Intel with hyper-threading; the extra integer units add about 15% real estate.

    So, they get penalized in the reviews, because their 'quad-core' chips lose to Intel 'dual-core' chips in many disciplines. But, in terms of sales, their dual core is small, because it's not one, whereas Intel dual cores are real dual cores.

    They do waste quite a bit of real estate on their APUs with the GPU part, but as more apps get optimized to use those resources, maybe it will pay off. Maybe not though. If it doesn't, it makes no sense since anyone needing real video capability needs a discrete cards, and if you're using it for the basics, you need less than these APUs have, and it just adds to cost. It's in a bad area right now, too weak or too expensive, but rarely just right. Unless more apps use it for other purposes.
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2012 7:50 AM
    Bloob, ragenalien's comment is simply not true. You will get OpenGL support out of the box with standard opensource drivers that come with every modern Linux distribution. For OpenCL and video acceleration you just need to install AMD's Catalyst drivers. Ubuntu will do it for you, with other distributions it might be a tiny little bit more involved, but it's not complicated at all.
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    TobiSGD , October 18, 2012 8:07 AM
    So they drop prices on an obsolete platform without upgrade path that was replaced with a platform that was already announced to be obsolete and without upgrade path when it hit the market.
    Makes sense, otherwise no one would buy an obsolete platform without upgrade path.
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    notsleep , October 18, 2012 11:45 AM
    i don't care. when are you releasing your piledriver fx cpus, amd? maybe sometime this year?
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    silverblue , October 18, 2012 12:44 PM
    26th October, allegedly.
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    solitaryman , October 18, 2012 2:08 PM
    i heard 23rd
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    proffet , October 18, 2012 2:47 PM
    cut prices, you need to slash them by more than half or give them things away.
    I'm waiting to see all the FM2 and it's (CPU side) capabilities before I even look at AMD again.
    power consumption, IPC, overclocking headroom...
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    silverblue , October 18, 2012 3:02 PM
    Umm... there's Trinity A10-5800K/A8-5600K reviews all over the net with that sort of information. What you should be waiting for, however, is A10-5700 and Athlon II X4 750K reviews if you want a better view of power consumption at the very least.
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    proffet , October 18, 2012 3:39 PM
    that's what I'm talking about... thanks