Update – Thanks to our German reader, we now know that AMD was using the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality set to demonstrated their Kaveri APU graphics capabilities.
AMD has officially confirmed that their fourth generation Kaveri APU would be headed to desktop PCs in 2013. It was previously reported that Kaveri APUs might have been postponed till 2014 however the desktop APUs arrive officially in 2013.
AMD Kaveri APU Arriving For Desktop PCs in Q4 2013
AMD recently had a press conference where they detailed their next generation Steamroller, Jaguar + and ARM based embedded devices. Aside from the embedded products, AMD did a small Q/A session with tech journalists where Computerbase got to ask some questions regarding any possible delays for the Kaveri APU platform. AMD replied that Kaveri APU is headed to desktop PCs in 2013 while notebooks based on the Kaveri APU would launch around spring 2014. The Kaveri mobility APUs would be showcased during the CES 2014 event in January but the actual products would launch in late Q1 2014 or early Q2 2014.
So this much is settled that PC enthusiasts would finally get to meet the Kaveri APU in this year bringing the new x86 Steamroller cores, GCN (Volcanic Islands) integrated graphics processors and full support of HSA features. It would be compatible with the new FM2+ socketed boards which would start arriving in the markets shortly and we have already got to see a few lineups from ASRock, Gigabyte and ASUS. Rest assured, more motherboards would be unveiled prior to Kaveri’s launch.
Aside from the press conference, AMD also brought along with them a desktop PC which was running a Kaveri APU. No specifications or details were mentioned but Computerbase did mention that they were able to demo a game using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The press was able to only use the virtual reality set and AMD didn’t even attach a keyboard to the PC possibly due to fear of some journalists sneaking into the technical specs and details of the PC.It is also said that the PC was using a large ATX sized development board and the cooling system was the common AMD box cooler which we have seen shipped along with AMD’s FX processors and A-Series APUs.