AMD Processor Guide

Similarly, to the Intel Processor Guide, this AMD guide will only be dealing with the current brands of AMD processors

Sempron, Athlon, A4, A6, A8, A10, FX and Opteron

There are a few things one needs to know before learning about AMD processors, as they are much more confusing that intel processors, with regards to naming that is:

APU – Accelerated Processing Unit, this is what AMD calls their microprocessors which have integrated graphics built in.

GPU – Graphics Processing Unit, these deal with generating images to be displayed on the screen

Compute Cores – These can either be, CPU cores or GPU cores.

Families

E1 – Dual/Quad Core low-end AMD APU’s, one of the weakest integrated graphics

E2 – Dual Core low-end AMD APU’s, the weakest integrated graphics

Sempron – These are the lowest end AMD processors the are APU’s

Athlon – These may or may not contain integrated graphics, they are either dual or quad core parts

A4 – 1MB cache these are dual and quad core parts with the weakest integrated graphics in AMD’s product stack, however, are still competitive with intel’s implementation

A6 – these are quad core parts with more powerful integrated graphics with respect to the A4’s, 1-4MB cache

A8 – these are quad core parts with even more powerful integrated graphics units, 4MB cache

A10 –   At the top of the APU line up sits the A10 APU’s, they are the most powerful AMD APU’s with the highest end integrated graphics, so much so that they are used for budget gaming systems. Quad Cores

FX Series – 4-8 Cores – these are pure multicore CPU, with no integrated graphics and are generally at     highest end of AMD’s product line

Opteron – These are server grade AMD Processors

Specifications

Laptops

E1-Series – Dual Core, 1MB Cache, low power

E2-Series – Quad Core, 2MB Cache, low power, with the exception of 1 model which has similar specs to       an E1 processor (E2-3000)

A4-Series – Quad Core, 2MB Cache, 4-5 Compute Cores

A6-Series – Quad Core, 1-2MB Cache, 5-6 Compute Cores

A8-Series – Quad Core, 2-4MB Cache, 8-10 Compute Cores

A10- Series – Quad Core, 2-4MB Cache, 10 Compute Cores

FX- Series – Quad Core, 2-4MB Cache, 10-12 Compute Cores

 

Desktops

 

Sempron- Series – 2-4 Cores, 1-2MB Cache

Athlon APU- Series – 4 Cores, 2MB Cache

Athlon CPU- Series – 4 Cores, 4MB Cache

A4-Series – Quad Core, 1-2MB Cache, 4-5 Compute Cores

A6-Series – Quad Core, 1-2MB Cache, 5-6 Compute Cores

A8-Series – Quad Core, 2-4MB Cache, 8-10 Compute Cores

A10- Series – Quad Core, 4MB Cache, 12 Compute Cores

FX- Series – 4-8 cores, 4-8MB Cache

Opteron – 4-16 cores, 4-12MB Cache

 

Naming Scheme

An easy way to try to determine the specifications of AMD processors is:

Series Number of CPU cores Model Number
FX 8 350

 

 

HOWEVER, AMD has long strayed far from this conventional naming scheme and has released so many oddly named processors that there is no clear way to decipher the specifications short of searching for the EXACT name of the processing unit.

 

An “Unlocked” processor, is a processor which can easily and officially be set to perform higher than the speed at which it is set by default.

Note: All FX series CPU’s are unlocked

All CPU’s ending with a “K” are unlocked

 

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