By now you’ve probably heard of AMD’s new APU: the APU-based Kaveri, which is expected to ship in Q4 2019.
If you haven’t, then now’s a good time to take a look at the specs.AMD has released a lot of new details on the new Kaveris APUs, but it’s still not clear what’s going to happen to the current APU.
So we decided to dig into the code and find out what’s new.
If you’ve read our reviews, you know that we love Kaverius processors, and so we wanted to give you some juicy details about how these new processors work.
Kaverias new architecture is called “APU-T”, and it consists of a “small, high-bandwidth, single-channel (scalable) transceiver (T1)”, which is a very common way to communicate between processors.
It also has a “large, multi-channel, single channel (scally) transceivers (T2)”, which can be used to perform tasks like transcoding and encoding.
In short, Kaverios “APUs” are basically two chips that work as one chip.
But unlike a traditional CPU, which can have multiple cores (like the CPU inside a laptop), “APIs” only have one core.
This means that “APOs” can run in the background and do some tasks while the CPU is idle, while the “core” of the CPU continues to run.
So what does this mean for our desktop PC and servers?
Well, first, AMD has put a lot more CPU cores on “APA-T” than previous APUs did.
It’s not as though AMD is replacing the CPU cores of existing chips, but rather is simply moving all of the cores from the Kaveria architecture onto “APAs”.
That means that AMD is allowing for a new generation of CPUs.
This will allow for faster CPUs with fewer cores and thus, better performance overall.AMD says that the new “APMs” will run in “a single, high bandwidth, dual-channel FPGA core”, which means that you can see this on the image below.
The blue chips are the K-Series CPUs and the orange ones are the APUs.
In fact, the APA-1 is one of the first chips AMD announced at its Developer Conference, which was on the 19th of March 2019.
The APA series is designed to handle “a wide range of workloads, including image processing, data storage, high performance compute, networking, multimedia, gaming, and more”, so this means that we can expect these new “apa-based” CPUs to have better performance, which should improve our “performance per watt” in some ways.AMD also put a bit of GPU processing on “apas” so you can probably guess what that means.
The new APAs have four 8-core, 16-thread “APAS”, which is not exactly an “upgrade” but it should give the K7 series a lot better overall performance.
There is also an 8-Core version of the “apad”, which was also announced at the Developer Conference.
The K7-series APAs are not expected to have any of these new features, but we’ll see what they have.AMD is also moving some of the core features of the K4-series chips (and the K5-series ones, and the K6-series too) to “apads”, and there’s not much of a reason to expect those features to be replaced.
They’re still there, but AMD has also moved some of AMDGPU performance-targeting features to “APBMs”, which will help AMD better manage power consumption.AMD’s “APBs” have been a bit controversial, so we thought it would be interesting to find out how these “apb” features work in practice.
The first APB we’ll be looking at is the “APAB” model, which consists of two 8-thread APAs.
Each APB has two 8 cores, four 16 threads, and a GPU.
This gives the APBs some extra “core count” and allows them to handle some of those “performance targets” that AMD says it needs.
In the above image, you can clearly see the GPU core on the right side of the APB, and there is a small “high-band” band on the left.
This is because AMD has placed the GPU inside “AP” chips.
In theory, you could imagine a future version of “AP”, where it’s a separate chip, but there’s still the possibility that we’ll end up with “APs” with two GPU cores.
The idea here is that “ap” chips could then be used for something like video encoding, or for graphics processing, but they