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AMD ships Kaveri, seeks apps partners for even more improvements

Mark Hachman | Jan. 15, 2014
Advanced Micro Devices officially began shipping its Kaveri chip architecture on Tuesday, claiming better price and performance than the Intel Core i5 chips released in the middle of 2013. And if you use AMD's optimized APIs, company executives said, then they'll do even better.

Each of the A10 APUs will be bundled together with a $60 copy of Battlefield 4, AMD said. And that's significant, given that AMD executives also revealed that a Mantle-optimized version of the same game offers 45 percent more performance than DirectX alone. All told, the Kaveri chip has the horsepower to process 4K video at 60 hertz, executives said.

AMD even suggested that Kaveri could pay for itself: in mining Lottocoins, an alternative form of currency, AMD projected that it would earn $704 per year — disregarding the cost of the power to run it, of course.

So far, we've enjoyed a relative period of peace between graphics architectures, with DirectX serving as a mediator between the two. Will Mantle and OpenCL open a new era of games optimized for specific graphics architectures? AMD certainly hopes so.


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