AMD has been talking about its Llano platform for a couple of years now, and finally we are seeing the fruits of its labors. The Fusion A-Series is the latest chips from AMD to pack a CPU and a GPU on the same die, and while we already have the low-power versions in netbooks, the A-Series is designed with desktops and mainstream laptops in mind. The A-Series APUs take direct aim at the Intel Core 2011 offerings and claim to offer superior graphics and better battery life. For laptop users, these new chips mean that you can still get a discrete graphics solution and it will give you a 75% increase when paired together. AMD calls that solution "Dual Graphics," and it will mean gamers won't be left in the dark when wanting a powerful laptop.
There are seven laptop APUs launching today, ranging from the dual-core A4 to the quad-core A6 and A8, and each are stereoscopic 3D enabled, carry USB 3.0 support, DirectX 11 graphics, and support for 1600MHz DDR3 memory. Each can also run with low-power 1333MHz DDR3L memory for when you need to stress better battery life. Speaking of battery life, AMD is promising more than ten and a half hours of resting time with power gating. It also points out that its quad-core A8-3510MX APU can go three and a half hours longer than an Intel dual-core Core i5-2410M CPU. The dual-core A4 chips will compete with the Intel Core i3 offerings, the quad-core A6 APUS with the Core i3 and i5 chips, and finally the quad-core A8s will square off with the i5 and i7 processors.
The graphics range from 240 to 400 shader cores and either a 400 or 444MHz clock speed. Processor clock speeds seem to be pretty good, ranging between 1.4GHz and 2.1GHz, plus the Turbo speed is quite nice. These should be appearing in laptops soon, with hopefully some desktop versions launching before long.
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