AMD Officially Announces 6th Generation Carrizo APUs and Radeon M300 Series Mobility Lineup

AMD has officially announced two new mobility lineups at their financial analyst day conference which includes the newly launched Radeon M300 series mobility lineup of graphics chips and the 6th generation Carrizo APUs that will be fused in high-performance notebook designs that ship during the next quarter. The announcements were part of several products which AMD unveiled during the presentation which includes their Zen, K12 CPU cores and even high-end HBM powered graphics processors which will be launched between 2015-2016.

AMD's Radeon M300 Mobility Graphics Lineup Launched - 6th Generation Carrizo APUs For High-Performance Notebooks in Next Quarter

AMD did a massive run down of juicy details on several products which they have planned for the upcoming years. We will have a technical analysis posted on the details shortly however, for now we want to give you a brief run down of what was unveiled on the mobility side of things. The first and most juicy bit is that AMD has confirmed that their 6th generation Carrizo APUs will be launching for high-performance notebook during the next quarter. This means a lot for the market since it has been some time since AMD last visited the mobility sector and Intel recently upped the game with their Broadwell generation of 14nm processors and will give a second update with Skylake during the next couple of months.

What AMD has in hands is their Carrizo APU packing x86 Excavator cores and several GCN streaming processors which will leverage performance to greater levels. AMD's own slides tell that the Carrizo APUs will feature 40% faster graphics performance than the graphics processors featured on Intel Core i5 chips. AMD isn't directly making a comparison against Iris and Iris Pro chips with embedded DRAM since they might not show that much of a great performance improvement compared to the HD 5200/5500 chips featured on the mainstream chips. AMD also includes the world's first HEVC hardware solution for notebooks with Carrizo that allows a new compression standard for 4K/1080P streaming and videoconferencing. Finally, we are looking at some decent gains over the energy efficiency side with up to 2 times more battery life compared to Kaveri generation of APUs. The Carrizo APUs will be branded as the 6th generation AMD FX, AMD A10 and AMD A8 series chips and we already know some product names such as:

  • AMD FX-8800P
  • AMD PRO FX-8800B
  • AMD A10-8700P
  • AMD A8-8600P
  • AMD A6-8500P
  • AMD PRO A10-8700B
  • AMD PRO A8-8600B
  • AMD PRO A6-8500B
  • AMD RX-418GD
  • AMD RX-216GD

Coming to the architecture of the APU itself, it was expected that like Kaveri before it, Carrizo won’t be a revolutionary chip. It is based on the current iteration of GCN architecture and the Excavator core itself is a more enhanced and derived form of the construction cores which started with Bulldozer in 2012. So we are looking at a nominal 5% IPC gains from the new Excavator cores which shows AMD is following Intel footsteps in this field with the blue team also offering a similar IPC improvement on their latest 14nm Broadwell Uarch. The die is still based on a 28nm node yet AMD has managed to optimize the overall chip design by adding 29% more transistors than Kaveri thanks to the high-density design library. This results in a 3.1 Billion transistor die that delivers 40% lesser power consumption and 23% lesser die area than its predecessor. The H.265 encode support allows 3.5 times transcode performance of Kaveri while the compute architecture enables the 8 GCN compute units (512 stream processors) a reduction of 20% in power consumption. AMD talks of a double digit increase in both the performance and battery sector however they are no where near the gains we expected earlier from Carrizo.

In terms of size, the Carrizo die measures at 244.62mm2 on the 28nm node while Kaveri measures at 245mm2 on the same process. The difference between both chips is that Carrizo ups the transistor count to 3.1 billion from Kaveri’s 2.41 billion count. The sudden reduction in the size of the die even when adding more better x86 performance was due to the fact that Excavator cores are smaller than Steamroller cores, measuring at just 14.48mm2 with a core transistor count of 102 million transistors. The L1 cache has also doubled on Carrizo to 32 KB per core from 16 KB. The overall core structure has 690 million transistors crammed in one partition while the rest of the transistors are dedicated to GCN cores that utilize HSA and compute engine advantage in general purpose computing environments. Full details of the Carrizo APU were already covered during the ISSCC presentation a few months back.

AMD FX-8800P Benchmarks and Confirmation:

One of the slides in the presentation has confirmed the FX-8800P as the flagship Carrizo APU of the lineup which can be seen in the gallery post below along with the previously leaked benchmark:

AMD FX-8800P 3DMark 11 Score:

AMD FX-8800P Carrizo APU

AMD Carrizo APU Comparison Chart:

  AMD Trinity APU AMD Richland APU AMD Kaveri APU AMD Carrizo-L AMD Carrizo APU
Core x86 Piledriver x86 Piledriver x86 Steamroller x86 PUMA+ x86 Excavator
Cores 2-4 2-4 2-4 2-4 2-4
GPU HD 7000
HD 8000
2nd GCN
Sea Islands
2nd GCN
Sea Islands
3rd GCN
Volcanic Islands
GCN Cores 384 SPs 384 SPs 512 SPs 128 SPs? 512 SPs
Chipset A85X/A75/FCH A88X/A78/FCH A88X/A78/Bolton SOC SOC
TDP 17/25/35W 17/25/35W 17/19/35W 10/25W 15-35W
HSA Support  No No Yes No Full HSA 1.0

AMD Radeon M300 Mobility Lineup For Notebooks Launched

AMD Next Generation Radeon GCN 2015 GPU Lineup

The second announcement is a major one since AMD has officially launched their Radeon M300 mobility graphics lineup. There's no specific details regarding these chips except that most of the mobility chips may still feature older graphics processing units and featured inside OEM systems from Alienware, HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba. The chips will feature refined efficiency and power management features along with DirectX 12 support and Dual graphics capabilities on supported AMD A-Series processors which will include the next generation Carrizo APU based systems.

Some specifications of the Radeon R5 and Radeon R7 series chips confirm that they will feature 1-2 GB of DDR3 memory across a 64-bit interface. The mid-tier Radeon R7 series chips will give a choice of either DDR3/GDDR5 memory choices (1-2 GB) along a 64-bit or 128-bit interface. The top chips will have 4-8 GB of GDDR5 memory running across a 128-bit or 256-bit interface. No other specifications can be confirmed ata the moment but a few benchmarks of the Litho Pro/XT and Strato Pro/XT chips which are the internal codenames for the soon to be launched chips were reported a few months back.


AMD Radeon M300 Series Graphics Chips:

AMD Radeon M200 Series AMD Radeon M300 Series
AMD Radeon R9 M295X AMD Radeon R9 M385X
AMD Radeon R9 M290X AMD Radeon R9 M385
AMD Radeon R9 M280X AMD Radeon R9 M380
AMD Radeon R9 M275X AMD Radeon R9 M375X
AMD Radeon R9 M270X AMD Radeon R8 M375
AMD Radeon R9 M265X AMD Radeon R9 M360
AMD Radeon R7 M265 AMD Radeon R7 M370
AMD Radeon R9 M260X TBD
AMD Radeon R7 M260X AMD Radeon R7 M360X
AMD Radeon R7 M260 AMD Radeon R7 M360
AMD Radeon R5 M255 AMD Radeon R7 M350
AMD Radeon R5 M250 AMD Radeon R7 M335
AMD Radeon R5 M240 AMD Radeon R7 340
AMD Radeon R5 M230 AMD Radeon R5 M330
AMD Radeon R5 M320
AMD Radeon R5 M315
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