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2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland)

Mar 13,2013 0 Comments

2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland)

2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland).Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity APU. The company launched four mobile APUs with 35W TDP designed for performance notebook. Architecturally, Richland is identical to Trinity as both APUs are based on the Piledriver CPU cores and Southern Island GPU cores. With Richland, AMD has bumped the clockspeed on the CPU and the GPU and improved upon the Turbo Core technology. In addition, AMD has worked with software vendors to provide facial recognition and gesture support that leverage on their GPU computing power.

AMD had a very tough time competing against Intel over the last few years. The Trinity APUs launched last year steered AMD in the right path where they delivered decent performance at relatively budget prices (check out our desktop Trinity and mobile Trinity APU reviews). The Trinity APU is where AMD is making the biggest improvement, delivering a good performance per watt ratio. Obviously the APUs are still lagging behind Intel in the CPU area but unless you are doing heavy workloads or doing benchmarks, it would be hard to tell them apart with common tasks for browsing web, typing word documents, watching movies, etc. The strength of the APU is on the GPU front where it is still faster than the Intel HD 4000 and clearly AMD wants to keep marching on with its strength.

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