What Is an APU? A Basic Definition

AMD created APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) processors in 2011. They refer to AMD CPUs with integrated graphics. While these processors weren’t the first to accommodate integrated graphics, they did add the ability to game at an appropriate frame rate and resolution.

Llano was the the name of the first generation of AMD APUs. The current generation is dubbed Raven Ridge, although AMD has moved away from using the term APU in its branding. Raven Ridge APUs are Ryzen CPUs with built-in Radeon Vega Graphics (both AMD technologies). They allow for strong gaming at 720p and acceptable gaming at 1080p with the right settings.

AMD has a stable of APUs on the market right now.

This article is part of the Tom's Hardware Glossary.

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