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AMD reveals next-gen mobile CPUs, claims unprecedented graphics performance

Michael Brown | May 27, 2013
Temash, Kabini, and Richland processors promise graphics performance on par with current-generation discrete GPUs.

The bottom line
AMD didn't announce any design wins when their embargo lifted, but MSI Computer Corp. jumped the gun and announced that its refreshed model GX60 and GX70 gaming notebooks will feature AMD's A10-5750M APU (a mobile Richland part). MSI's model GX70-3BE-007US will have a 17.3-inch display, 8GB of DDR3/600 memory, a Blu-ray disc reader, and support for AMD's Eyefinity multi-display technology.

MSI's notebook will also be outfitted with one of AMD's discrete mobile GPUs—the Radeon HD 8970M—which will take advantage of AMD's dual graphics feature. Rather than simply shut down the GPU on the APU in the presence of a second processor, the two parts will work together to boost gaming performance.

AMD also provided us a photo—but no details—of an apparently unannounced Acer V5-122 notebook. According to this listing on Amazon, the V5-122 is powered by a 1.0GHz dual-core AMD A4-1250 processor, which would mark it as being based on one of AMD's Temash processors. According to Amazon, the notebook will sell for $500.

That's not a bad price for a three-pound, 0.83-inch-thick Windows 8 notebook, a 10-point-touch display, and 6GB of memory. If AMD can usher in an era of very inexpensive, but highly capable tablets and notebooks, the company will have a success on its hands. The proof will be in the benchmark pudding.


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