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AMD Desktop Processors Introduction
 

AMD Desktop Processors Introduction

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Introduction



AMD is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD’s server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD’s superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers.


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AMD FX Processors

Features & Benefits

  • Experience the world’s first native 8-core desktop processor.
  • Overclock for a big boost in performance and speed1.
  • Perform mega-tasking and get pure core performance with new CPU architecture.
  • Get an extra burst of raw speed when you need it most with AMD Turbo CORE Technology.
  • Push your performance with tuning controls in the easy-to-use AMD OverDrive™ software1.
  • Enjoy stable, smooth performance with impressive energy efficiency thanks to a 32nm die.

Ferocious power - right out of the box

Take on anything, anytime with the extreme responsiveness and mega-tasking performance of
AMD FX CPUs.

AMD FX 8-Core Processor Black Edition

  • Experience the world’s first native 8-core desktop processor.
  • Immerse yourself in the most advanced 3D games.
  • Achieve extreme mega-tasking with ease.

AMD FX 6-Core Processor Black Edition

  • Accomplish breathtaking 3D modeling and HD video editing.
  • Chat, watch movies, play games and more with maximum multitasking.

AMD FX 4-Core Processor Black Edition

  • Watch rich, crisp HD video.
  • Run multiple compute-intensive applications seamlessly.

Be Epic. Be Brutal. Get AMD FX in Your System.

  1. AMD's product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD software.
  2. Based on suggested retail price for the AMD FX-8350 eight-core Processor @ 4.0 GHz (less than $200) compared to the Intel Core i7-3770 quad-core processor @ 3.4GHz ($309.99) – Newegg.com 10/02/2012

 


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AMD 2nd Generation A-series Processors (APUs)

Now you can get the best of all worlds. The performance of multicore CPU technology and the brilliance of premium AMD Radeon™ graphics technology — all in a single chip, at a great price!

Features and Benefits

Build or upgrade your system with an AMD A-Series processor that fits your needs:

2nd Gen AMD A4 Processors feature:

  • AMD App Acceleration – Boosts the speed of everyday PC applications
  • Support for DirectX®11 - Enables the very latest in high-speed, high-fidelity gaming and computing
  • All-New AMD Quick Stream Technology – Enables virtually uninterrupted, fast, smooth streaming video over the Internet
  • All-New AMD Steady Video Technology 2.0 – Helps stabilize shaky and jittery online and home video during playback for a smoother viewing experience

2nd Gen AMD A6 Processors include all of the above features, plus:

  • AMD Radeon Dual Graphics capability – Combines two powerful AMD Radeon graphics processors to dramatically boost graphics and gaming performance
  • All-New HD Media Accelerator - Includes AMD’s all new architecture that makes video rich, clear and more stable, enables uninterrupted video streaming and accelerates conversion of video files for sharing on other devices
  • AMD Performance Advantage – Enables your desktop PC to deliver a faster, more powerful PC experience than a comparable notebook through higher frequencies and more compute power
  • AMD Start Now Technology – Supports BIOS optimized solution for quick resume that allows users to wake up system from sleep mode in under 2 seconds, from boot time in as few as 14 seconds
  • AMD Turbo Core 3.0 Technology - Automatically scales performance on demand to provide extra performance when you need it most

2nd Gen AMD A8 Processors include all of the above features, plus:

  • Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray 3D capability – Provides the ability to watch that latest Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D movies on your desktop
  • AMD Eyefinity Technology capability – Enables multidisplay technology for an immersive gaming, entertainment and productivity experience with up to 4 monitors
  • AMD HD3D Technology – Enables an outstanding 3D experience for movies, photos and gaming content

AMD A10 Processors include all of the above features, plus:

  • Quad-core accelerated performance
  • Up to 4.2 GHz Max Turbo
  • 384 AMD Radeon cores 2.0 for blazing fast computing
  • Unlock your potential by selecting the overclockable10 Black Edition
  • 45% more graphics performance than 1st Gen AMD A8 APUs
  • 26% better system performance than 1st Gen AMD A8 APUs

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AMD Phenom™ II Processors

Unbeatable multi-core value with AMD Phenom™ II processors. They deliver The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for high definition entertainment, advanced multitasking performance, and power-saving innovations for smaller, cooler machines that are energy efficient.


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AMD Athlon II Processors

Do more in less time with amazing multi-core performance at a great price

Do more of the things you want to in less time and enhance your digital life with the multi-core performance and energy efficiency of AMD Athlon™ II processor-based desktop systems. Combined with superior ATI Radeon™ HD graphics technology, systems based on the AMD Athlon™ II processor deliver a vivid visual experience, superior multi-tasking, and exceptional digital media performance with next-generation energy efficiency.


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AMD Sempron™ Processors

Affordable performance for everyday computing

Get to fun, faster, with a system that boots and loads applications quickly and easily. Enjoy reliable, responsive performance on thousands of software applications—including those that let you communicate with family and friends.


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AMD Opteron™ Processors

AMD Opteron 6000 Series

Performance

Unleash unprecedented performance with our brand new architecture with up to 16 cores and four memory channels designed to support large distributed cloud loads, virtualized data centers and high-performance computing (HPC).

Scalability

Handle demanding multi-threaded workloads such as cloud computing, high-performance computing, virtualization, databases and business applications.

Efficiency

Bring unparalleled efficiency to your processing, your power budget and your budget.

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AMD Technologies (2012)

Key Processor Technologies  

Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) SDK

AMD APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) allow you to configure small-form-factor, long-battery-life PCs that consumers crave, while enabling the powerful, next-generation visual experiences that can set you apart and help create a competitive advantage in a hyper-competitive market.

Enable the powerful visual computing experiences that your customers are looking for
  • Build PCs for next-generation applications enabled by AMD's ongoing APU programming collaboration with the ISV community
  • Deliver a superior visual experience that can set your products apart from the competition
  • Leverage the AMD Radeon™ design DNA for discrete-level graphics in a single-chip PC
Deliver PCs in today's sleek, modern form factors
  • Configure systems in the form factors and designs that consumers want, from ultrathin and mainstream notebooks to all-in-one desktops
  • Extend real-world battery life without compromising the visual experience
Extend a better experience across more price bands
  • Deliver lower-cost systems that still meet growing demand for high-definition computing capabilities
  • Reach a broader audience by pairing an excellent experience with desirable form factors -at an affordable price
  • Develop mainstream performance systems for a lower cost -to help you create systems differentiated by high-margin add-ons within your existing price bands
Systems powered by AMD APUs
  • Includes AMD Catalyst™ Graphics driver, Vision Engine Control Center, and AMD’s driver for OpenCL™

Download regular updates that are designed to enable performance updates, new features and/or stability improvements


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The AMD Difference

VISION FX Technology

Unlock maximum, unrestrained total PC performance with VISION FX Technology from AMD and reveal the ultimate HD experience. Immerse yourself in the full brilliance and power of the most advanced 3D games and HD video with an AMD Radeon™ GPU, Microsoft® DirectX® 11-capable graphics, and AMD Eyefinity Technology.

Virtualization

AMD has led the industry in developing features for x86-based computers that enable fast and efficient virtualization, such as energy efficient multi-core processors, advanced memory handling capabilities, and hardware-based virtualization technologies.

Optimization for Cloud Computing

An essential component of any cloud computing environment is servers equipped with processors that deliver a balance of performance, I/O capabilities, low energy consumption, and hardware-assisted virtualization. AMD Opteron™ processors can help organizations optimize data center performance and cost-effectiveness to serve their cloud customers.

Power Efficiency

When server efficiency matters, it's not enough to compare spec sheets. AMD delivers power efficiency at real-world workloads. Specific power innovations include AMD Cool'n'Quiet Technology and ATI PowerPlay™, delivering proven, measurable benefits for businesses and consumers, reducing power usage, lowering energy costs and lessening the environmental impact.

HyperTransport™ Technology

HyperTransport technology is a high-speed, low latency, point-to-point link designed to increase the communication speed between integrated circuits in computers, servers, embedded systems, and networking and telecommunications equipment up to 48 times faster than some existing technologies.

Direct Connect Architecture

Direct Connect Architecture improves overall system performance and efficiency by eliminating traditional bottlenecks inherent in legacy front side bus architectures.

Multi-Core Processing with AMD

With the power of two, four or more processor cores on a single chip, AMD’s true multi-core processors deliver industry-leading performance and unique features that help systems run cooler and more efficient.


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