AMD Officially Launches The Mobility Kaveri APU Lineup – Flagship FX-7600P and FX-7500 Power High-Performance Notebooks

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Jun 4, 2014
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While Intel announced their Devil’s Canyon processors yesterday, AMD would be launching their mobility Kaveri APU lineup which includes the high-performance AMD FX-7600P and FX-7500 standard voltage accelerated units powering high-end notebooks.
AMD Mobility Kaveri APU FX

AMD Officially Launches The Mobility Kaveri APU Lineup

The AMD Kaveri APU architecture on the mobility front is passed over from its desktop sibling based on the 28nm SHP process design making use of the x86 Steamroller core architecture and AMD’s GCN graphics. AMD’s Kaveri APUs feature a 245mmand a transistor count of 2.41 Billion transistors. The Kaveri APUs enhance the IPC upto 20% over Piledriver while GCN cores deliver increased graphics performance compared to the older VLIW based integrated graphics. Both the CPU and GPU work in harmony through the HSA enhancements which provides a unified coherent memory access to both the CPU and GPU to leverage the performance and ease the process of development for this platform. The Mobile Kaveri APU churns out 818 GFlops of performance which is impressive from a mobility chip.

The Steamroller core architecture is a completely new design with each module featuring two separate threads are provided with their own parallel instruction decoder. AMD’s Steamroller architecture will aim to deliver faster processing power in a clock-to-clock comparison against the Richland APUs and is a step forward.
On the graphics side, we are getting the latest GCN architecture over the VLIW4 featured on previous AMD APUs. The die has upto 8 GCN compute units which feature AMD AudioTrue technology, AMD Eyefinity tech, UVD, VCE, DMA Engine and the addition of coherent shared unified memory. Being based on the same GPU as Hawaii, the Kaveri APU die has 8 ACE (Asynchronous Compute Engine) which can manage 8 Queues and have access to L2 Cache and GDS .

The most significant enhancement Kaveri would adopt is the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) powered with the new HUMA enhancements which allow coherent memory access within the GPU and CPU. HUMA would make sure that both the CPU and GPU would have uniform access to an entire memory space which would be done through the memory controller. HUMA also means an increase in performance on the OpenCL front which has been a plus side for AMD based hardware. This also suggests that faster memory speeds would result in better overall performance from the graphics card.

The Steamroller core architecture is a completely new design with each module featuring two separate threads are provided with their own parallel instruction decoder. AMD’s Steamroller architecture will aim to deliver faster processing power in a clock-to-clock comparison against the Richland APUs and is a step forward.
On the graphics side, we are getting the latest GCN architecture over the VLIW4 featured on previous AMD APUs. The die has upto 8 GCN compute units which feature AMD AudioTrue technology, AMD Eyefinity tech, UVD, VCE, DMA Engine and the addition of coherent shared unified memory. Being based on the same GPU as Hawaii, the Kaveri APU die has 8 ACE (Asynchronous Compute Engine) which can manage 8 Queues and have access to L2 Cache and GDS .

The most significant enhancement Kaveri would adopt is the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) powered with the new HUMA enhancements which allow coherent memory access within the GPU and CPU. HUMA would make sure that both the CPU and GPU would have uniform access to an entire memory space which would be done through the memory controller. HUMA also means an increase in performance on the OpenCL front which has been a plus side for AMD based hardware. This also suggests that faster memory speeds would result in better overall performance from the graphics card.

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AMD FX-7600P and FX-7500 – Fourth Generation Mobility APUs

The Kaveri APU can scale down to server platforms, from the high-end desktop PCs all the way to notebooks, servers and embedded applications. The Kaveri APU would come with TDP’s as high as 95W, down to 35W mobility products and 15W in embedded applications. The AMD Mobility Kaveri APU lineup would remain the most basic of these features and would come in several SKUs ranging from the FX, A-Series and Pro A-Series accelerated processing units. Some technologies such as Eyefinity, Dual Graphics, Face Login, Gesture Control, Quick Stream Technology, Wireless Display, Start now, Wireless Display would be readily available on the different models. The initial launch lineup consists of two Mobile Kaveri APUs consists of two products, the FX-7600P and FX-7500.

AMD FX-7600P APU

The flagship Kaveri APU lineup for mobile platforms would be the FX-7600P which is boasting 12 Compute Units that includes 4 CPU cores and 8 GPU cores. The x86 Steamroller based APU would be clocked at 2.7 GHz stock and 3.6 GHz boost with 4 MB L2 cache while the GCN graphics with 512 stream processors would operate at a frequency of 686 MHz out of box shipping with a TDP of 35W. The APU would support 32 GB of DDR3 memory with speeds of up to 2133 MHz.

AMD FX-7500 APU

The flagship A10 Mobile Kaveri APU includes the A10-7400P which is a 10 Compute Units based model featuring 4 CPU and 6 GPU cores. The The x86 Steamroller based APU would be clocked at 2.1 GHz stock and 3.3 GHz boost with 4 MB L2 cache while the GCN graphics with 384 stream processors would operate at a frequency of 654 MHz out of box shipping with a TDP of 35W. The APU would support 32 GB of DDR3 memory with speeds of up to 2133 MHz.

The fastest Pro model which are aimed at business platforms will include the A10 PRO-7350B which features the same 10 Compute Unit configuration boasting 4 CPU and 6 GPU cores. The The x86 Steamroller based APU would be clocked at 2.1 GHz stock and 3.3 GHz boost with 4 MB L2 cache while the GCN graphics with 384 stream processors would operate at a frequency of 553 MHz out of box shipping with a TDP of 19W. The APU would support 32 GB of DDR3 memory with speeds of up to 1600 MHz. The rest of the lineup could be seen in the chart below:

AMD Mobility Kaveri APU Lineup:

AMD FX-7600P AMD FX-7500 AMD A10-7400P AMD A10-7300 AMD A8-7200P AMD A8-7100 AMD A6-7000 AMD A10 PRO-7350B AMD A8 PRO-7150B AMD A6 PRO-7050B
A-Series SV SV ULP ULP ULP ULP ULP Pro Pro Pro
CPU Cores 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 4 4 2
GPU Cores 512 384 256 384 384 256 192 384 384 192
CPU Base / Turbo Clock 2.7 /3.6 GHz 2.5 /3.4 GHz 2.4 /3.3 GHz 2.1 /3.3 GHz 1.9 /3.2 GHz 1.8 /3.0 GHz 2.2 /3.0 GHz 2.1 / 3.3 GHz 1.9 / 3.2 GHz 2.2 / 3.0 GHz
Radeon Brand Radeon R7 Radeon R6 Radeon R5 Radeon R7 Radeon R6 Radeon R5 Radeon R4 Radeon R6 Radeon R5 Radeon R4
Radeon Cores 512 384 256 384 384 256 192 384 384 192
GPU Base / Turbo Clock 600 / 686 MHz 756 / 553 MHz 553 / 654 MHz 498 / 533 MHz 464 / 626 MHz 450 / 512 MHz 494 / 533 MHz 553 MHz 553 MHz 553 MHz
TDP 35W 19W 35W 19W 35W 19W 17W 19W 19W 17W
L2 Cache 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 1 MB 4 MB 4 MB 1 MB
DDR3 Frequency 2133 MHz 1600 MHz 1866 MHz 1600 MHz 1866 MHz 1600 MHz 1600 MHz 1600 MHz 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
TrueAudio/Mantle/Eyefinity Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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There’s also a possibility that along with the APU launch, AMD and their OEM partners would also introduce the new Crystal Series based notebooks. The new Crystal Series GPU lineup is going to bring some enhancements of the latest GCN 1.1 architecture to the mobile scape unlike the previous rebranded Solar Series. These new GPUs may offer Dual Graphics support with the Kaveri Mobility lineup for added performance. The GPUs include Opal, Topaz, Jet, Amethyst and are listed below:

AMD Crystal Series R5/R7 Series Mobile Graphics:

Codename  Engineering Name Memory Type
Radeon R7 M265 Opal XT DDR3
Radeon R7 M260 Opal Pro DDR3
Radeon R7 M260 Topaz XT DDR3
Radeon R5 M255 Topaz Pro DDR3
Radeon R5 M240 Jet XT DDR3
Radeon R5 M230 Jet Pro DDR3
Radeon R5 M230 Jet UL/ULT DDR3

Revolutionary Architecture

  • Up to 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU) deliver amazing performance and responsiveness, bringing to life the full capability of the APU on various workloads and applications
  • The breakthrough new Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) allows the CPU and GPU to work together in harmony by quickly dividing and directing the right tasks toward the appropriate cores for new levels of performance and efficiency in consumer and commercial desktop and notebook PCs, thus enabling a new era of compute capabilities with compute cores
  • Award-winning Graphics Core Next Architecture with AMD Radeon R7 series graphics and compute capability
  • Support for UltraHD (4K) resolutions and new video post-processing enhancements that make 1080p videos look amazing when upscaled on an UltraHD-enabled monitor or TV

Best Gaming and Entertainment Experience

  • Support for AMD’s acclaimed Mantle API that simplifies game optimizations for programmers and developers to unlock unprecedented levels of gaming performance
  • AMD Radeon Dual Graphics provide a performance boost from 49 percent to 108 percent for the ultimate gaming experience
  • Experience-enhancing features such as AMD Quick Stream, AMD Steady Video and AMD TrueAudio technologies combine to deliver lifelike audio and video

Performance Leadership

  • A10-APU: Up to 50 percent better graphics performance6 and more than 1.2x the compute performance7 versus Intel i5-4200U (“Haswell”)
  • FX APU: Up to 58 percent better graphics performance8 and more than 1.13x the compute performance9 versus Intel i7-4500U (“Haswell”)
  • FX APU: Up to 40 percent more graphics performance-per-watt10 than our previous generation
  • FX APU: Up to 30 percent more system compute-per-watt11 than our previous generation

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AMD Mobile Kaveri Die Shot:AMD Kaveri Die Shot

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