AMD rolls out first Richland APUs

AMD has introduced four new mobile chips based on its new Richland core. They are the first Richland cores to appear and the offer a glimpse of what to expect in the desktop arena later this year.

Although Richland APUs are new, they still rely on the same Piledriver cores as Trinity APUs and they still use the same 32nm manufacturing process. The GPUs did not undergo many changes, either. However, AMD still managed to squeeze in quite a few new features and improvements.

The clocks are higher, the new processors support faster memory, yet they also promise to deliver superior power efficiency. The flagship A10-5750M features two Piledriver modules, with four CPU cores and 384 Radeon cores. It is clocked at 2.5GHz, but it can hit 3.5GHz thanks to some Turbo Core magic. The GPU clock is 533MHz to 720MHz, it packs 4MB of L2 cache and features support for DDR3-1866 memory. AMD claims it can go toe to toe with Intel’s much pricier Core i7 2520M and it easily beats it in graphics benchmarks.

In addition to the A10-5750M, the first batch of Richland APUs includes another quad-core, the A8-5550M, along with two dual-core parts, the A6-5350 and A4-5150. All four have a TDP of 35W and they are obviously designed with somewhat heftier laptops in mind. However, 17W and 25W chips specifically designed for ultrathins should appear in a few months, along with desktop chips.

Although Richland doesn’t bring anything revolutionary to the table, it is a nice step in the right direction. AMD claims the flagship Richland part is up to 47 percent more efficient than the flagship Trinity chip in HD playback.