AMD is possibly preparing a new APU platform codenamed "Godavari" for launch in summer 2015 as alleged by Sweclockers. The Kaveri-Refresh platform "Godavari" is named after the second largest river of India after the river Ganges and falls in line with Kaveri which is also a name of a river situated in India. It seems like the Kaveri Refresh platform will sort of offer FM2+ users a chance to refresh their platform since there's no enthusiast cpu offering from AMD till 2016.
AMD Kaveri-Refresh Platform Codenamed "Godavari" - Arrives in Summer 2015
While most of us were expecting to see Carrizo on desktop platforms this year, the plans to bring the new APU on FM2+ socket was ditched since AMD had a pretty rough quarter and are now focusing towards the mobility sides of things. It will take AMD a bit more than a year before they launch their next enthusiast offerings for the high-performance x86 server and enthusiast market in the form of Zen which will make its way in next gen high performance Opteron CPUs, FX CPUs and eventually being integrated in performance aimed APUs while AMD will also have several APUs based on 64-bit ARM cores too.
So what is the Godavari APU platform going to bring this year? First of all, being simply known as the Kaveri-Refresh platform, Godavari will feature the same architectural enhancements as Kaveri with the same CPU and GPU cores. We are talking about x86 Steamroller and GCN here which have already been fused on the current AMD A-7000 Series offerings. Godavari will retain the maximum four x86 core and 512 stream processor design and will be available in several variants as a part to refresh the current A-Series lineup. It's not known whether the new series will retain the 7000 series branding or move to 8000 series branding scheme but they will stick to the FM2+ platform supporting DDR3 memory at 2133 MHz and current motherboards will be able to support the new chips without any problems.
As for performance and clock speeds, the clock speeds will obviously get a slight bump since that is what's the refresh is all about. The chips will retain their TDPs. As for the performance, it will be anywhere from 5-15% better than the current Kaveri APUs due to better driver support and improved clock speeds. Other details are not known at the moment but AMD will have an official announcement made during the same time as 2015's Computex event. Aside from Godavari, the main announcement coming from AMD this year will be the new AMD Radeon graphics cards which will deliver insanely huge performance increases over the current Radeon generation of cards.
AMD A10-8850K Specifications Unveiled - Minor Clock Bumps To CPU and GPU
Update comes from sweclockers again and looks like the branding is indeed going to be moved to the 8000 series for the new A-Series APUs. For their Godavari platform, AMD will release the A10-8850K APU which turns out to be the flagship offering of the refresh platform and will replace the A10-7850K APU. The specs include a minor bump to overall clock speeds of the A10-7850K with the A10-8850K pushing for 4.1 GHz boost clock for the CPU cores and an 856 MHz clock speed for the GPU cores. Rest of the specifications will remain identical with the A10-8850K APU featuring four x86 Steamroller cores, 3.7 GHz standard base clock, the R7 graphics GCN core, 4 MB L2 cache and 512 stream processors. The chip will feature a 95W TDP design and come with an unlocked design for overclocking.
There will also be several other models launching which include A10-8750, A8-8650K, A8-8650, A6-8550K, Athlon X4 870K, Athlon X4 850, A10 Pro-8850B, A10 Pro-8750B, A8 Pro-8650B, A6 Pro-8550B, A4 Pro-8350B. These APUs will stick to FM2+ socket as far as compatibility is concerned.
|Model||AMD A10-8850K 'Godavari'||AMD A10-7850K 'Kaveri'||AMD A10-6800K 'Richland'||AMD A10-5800K 'Trinity'|
|Turbo Core 3.0||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Base Clock||3.7 GHz||3.7 GHz||4.1 GHz||3.8 GHz|
|Turbo Clock||4.1 GHz||4.0 GHz||4.4 GHz||4.2 GHz|
|L2 Cache||4 MB L2||4 MB L2||4 MB L2||4 MB L2|
|Graphics Core||GCN Radeon R7 Series||GCN Radeon R7 Series||HD 8670D||HD 7660D|
|GPU Cores||512 Cores||512 Cores||384 Cores||384 Cores|
|GPU Clock||856 MHz||720 MHz||844 MHz||800 MHz|
|Launch Date||Summer 2015||14th January 2014||4th June 2013||2nd October 2012|