AMD has been lagging behind for quiet some time now, with Intel releasing a plethora of those silicon based bastards we call CPUs, but now AMD is one step ahead of where it used to be, with the new addition of the AMD A4 3300/3400 APUs, they’re aimed at the budget wary consumers, since the 3300 clocks at 2.5GHz with a 330MHz Radeon GPU and the 3400 clocks at 2.7GHz with a 600MHz Radeon GPU, this line competes mainly with the newer Intel sandy bridge chips that sport an integrated Intel HD GPU (I’m guessing AMD will do better than Intel for the given price range), a quick Amazon search showed only the A4 3400 priced at $89.00, with no existence of its younger brother on the e-store.
Hopefully though, we’ll see some more of AMD trying to get back up on their feet, after all, the soul crushing
almost 16 core Bulldozer line won’t even match up to the i7 line in terms of clock speed, and we can’t even get our hands on this baby yet as it’s chipping for servers first (those greedy bastards!)
The full Press Release, courtesy of Engadget:
AMD Expands its Desktop Line-Up of AMD Fusion APUs
– A4 APUs enable an excellent everyday computing experience –
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – September 7, 2011
AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced availability of the AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop processors, bringing the entry-level desktop APU price down to just $70 (U.S. suggested retail price) for consumers who want PCs with brilliant HD graphics, advanced performance, and fast application and connectivity speeds.
The AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop APUs each combine two x86 CPU cores with 160 Radeon™ cores, enabling powerful DirectX®11-capable discrete-level graphics and dedicated HD video processing on a single chip. These dual-core APUs enable responsive and energy-efficient performance for everyday PC productivity and multitasking, as well as an amazing gaming experience.
In addition to leading-edge graphics and competitive compute power, the AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 APUs support:
• AMD Steady Video for instant removal of shakes and jitters when re-watching video, so content looks steady and smoothi.
• AMD Dual Graphics for a visual performance boost when paired with select AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series graphics cardsii.
• Integrated USB 3.0 controller for rapid transfer and storage of digital content.
• AMD VISION Engine Software to provide users with regular updates to help improve system performance and stability, and to introduce new software enhancements.
With a suggested retail price of $70.00 (U.S), the AMD A4-3300 APU operates at 2.5GHz (CPU) and 444MHz (GPU) with 160 Radeon™ Cores, 1MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W.
With a suggested retail price of $75.00 (U.S), the AMD A4-3400 APU operates at 2.7GHz (CPU) and 600MHz (GPU) with 160 Radeon™ Cores, 1MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W.
All AMD A-Series processors are designed for use with FM1 motherboards. AMD A4 APUs require the AMD Vision Engine Control Center 11.8 driver release or later releases.
Consumers today need great multimedia performance, connectivity options and responsive multitasking from their PCs. With the AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 APUs, desktop end-users can enjoy these incredible APU experiences at a low cost.
The AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop APUs are now available for purchase from Amazon.com, NCIX and other retailers.
The AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop processors deliver a compelling, affordable desktop experience for consumers.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD’s server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD’s superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.