AMD Releases Two New Kaveri APUs & An Excavator-Based CPU

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 2 February 2016 at 12:23 PM EST. 12 Comments
AMD this morning updated its Kaveri APU line-up and also released a new Athlon X4 processor.

The new APUs are the A10-7860K quad-core and A6-7470K dual-core parts. These are part of Kaveri/Godavari with the A10-7860K coming in with a 3.6GHz base clock speed and 4.0GHz boost clock speed while having a 65 Watt TDP. The A6-7470K has a 3.7GHz clock speed with 4.0GHz boost while also being a 65 Watt TDP.

Those APUs are with Steamroller cores, but AMD also released the Athlon X4 845. The Athlon X4 845 is a quad-core Excavator design, a.k.a. the same cores found in Carrizo. The four Excavator cores run at 3.5GHz with a 3.8GHz boost clock speed and also is a 65 Watt TDP part. There's just 2MB of L2 cache for this new Athlon X4.

The Athlon X4 845 retails for just $70 USD. I'm actually quite tempted to buy one (AMD hasn't offered any review samples to us yet...) as it should be fun for some Linux benchmarking, some compiler testing for the Excavator cores, etc. If you are interested in seeing Athlon X4 845 Linux benchmarks on Phoronix, voice your support via Twitter or the forums as I will decide shortly as soon as I see this processor in stock at Internet retailers.

With the new hardware also comes AMD's new Wraith Cooler, which is a much more efficient stock heatsink than AMD's earlier designs.
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