AMD Kaveri Arrives
Way back in 2006, after the ATI ac Burberry Factory quisition, AMD laid out its Fusion initiative and future plans to integrate a CPU and GPU onto the same processor die. The ultimate goal of Fusion was to seamlessly combine CPU and GPU resources into a single, cohesive compute engine equally adept at handling serial and highly parallel workloads. At the time, the idea seemed ambitious, but history has shown that more and more external resources have consistently been brought onto the CPU die (memory controllers, IO hub, etc.) and graphics would be no different.
Since then, both Intel and AMD have quite successfully combined CPU and GPU engines onto single chips, but up to this point they have tended to work as autonomous islands. The CPU and GPU share some resources, Burberry Factory > Burberry Factory but not a single memory pool. That changes today though, with the official launch of AMD Kaveri based APUs, the first APUs to truly support heterogeneous computing.
We been talking about Kaveri for quite some time and have quite a bit of content available related to today launch. We suggest checking out this link for a list of all of the Kaveri related coverage we got available. In this piece, we finally be able to show you some hard numbers, using one of the more interesting SKUs in the initial AMD Kaveri based product line up the AMD A8 7600 APU.
AMD A Series APU In Socket FM2+ Flavor
Support for the latest ISA instructions including FMA4/3, AVX, AES, XOP
Up to 2MB L2 cache per dual core module (up to 4MB total)
Maximum Turbo Frequencies up to 4GHz
Up to 512 shaders
Up to 720MHz
8xAA and 16xAF Support
DirectX 11.2 SupportAMD Eyefinity Technology2 and 4K Ultra HD Support
DisplayPort 1.2 Support
hUMA Heterogeneous Unified Memory Architecture enables shared memory between CPU and GPU cores
hQ Heterogeneous Queuing allows both CPU and GPU cores to independently schedule tasks
Backwards compatible platform means support for other FM2+ APUs new and old
PCI Express Gen 3 support
AMD CrossFire support with AMD A88X motherboards and above
AMD Memory Profile (AMP) support for up to DDR3 2400MHz
AMD Dual Graphics support with AMD Radeon R7 graphics cards
Dedicated DSP for true to life audio with no performance compromise
Enable dynamic 3D sound processing effects across more audio channels
Programmable audio pipeline grants artistic freedom to game audio design
Unified Video Decoder and Compression Engine
Dedicated hardware to offload video encoding/decoding from CPU
AMD Picture Perfect support with HD Post Processing technologies
Before we get to the benchmarks, we got some features and specifications to share. As you can see in the table above (and as we detailed many times in the past), Kaveri combines AMD latest Steamroller CPU microarchitecture with a GCN based graphics engine, with up to 512 stream processors. Peak CPU clocks will vary depending on model, but the graphics clock maxes out at 720MHz. These AMD desktop targeted APUs will carry TDPs of 45W 95W.
AMD goal with Kaveri was to target virtually every market segment, from micro servers all the way on up to high end desktops. The architecture was designed with performance per watt in mind and some SKUs (like the A8 7600 we be showing you here) offer scalable TDPs. The A8 7600 can actual Burberry Factory ly be configured to operate with 45w or 65w TDPs.