AMD announces more energy efficient processors ahead of Zen architecture rollout
AMD has announced three new processors. Say hello to the A10-7860K, A6-7470K and Athlon X4 845. AMD is still working towards releasing the next platform and refreshing its product line with a wave of processors codenamed "Zen" later in 2016, but today's announced chips bring to the table improved energy efficiency and cooler performance utilizing current tech.
The A10-7860K is a beast of an APU with a quad-core processor clocked at 3.6GHz matched with an octa-core GPU with integrated R7 graphics processing. Building a capable PC is the goal of most system builders, but those who play less demanding titles like League of Legends will be able to make full use of this A10 chip without breaking the bank. It's also an unlocked desktop processor rated at 65W. (And FreeSync tech is included.)
Interested in picking up the new A10 for your next build? AMD states the recommended retail price of this chip will be just $118. The A6-7470K on-the-other-hand is a 3.7GHz dual-core processor. There are also four GPU cores on-board with the component itself boasting a TDP class of 65W. Those who plan to add their own graphics card may be interested in the new Athlon X4 845, which is a 3.5GHz quad-core processor also with an impressive TDP of 65W for just $70.
These new chips come before AMD's rollout of their new Zen architecture, so if you're seriously holding off for more advanced processing power from the company, you'll need to give these options a pass and patiently see a good portion of 2016 pass by.
What is next-gen with these new chips is the Wraith fan and heatsink package, AMD's new improved cooler, which will debut with the AMD FX8350 replacing the stock cooler at no additional cost. The A10-7860K and Athlon X4 845 processors will both feature the Wraith cooler too.
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