Today the fine folks at AMD have announced availability of their brand new AMD A-Series APUs, the A4-330 and A4-3400 desktop processors in a move that brings the entry-level desktop APU price down to an unbelievable $70 (U.S. suggested retail price.) This will allow custom home desktop builders to bring what AMD describes as "brilliant HD graphics, advanced performance, and fast application and connectivity speeds" to their masterpiece machines for rock bottom prices. These APUs offer competitive power and graphics supporting Steady Video, Dual Graphics, USB 3.0, and AMD VISION Engine Software, amongst many other features right out of the box.
Both the AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop APUs combine the power of two x86 CPU cores with 160 Radeon cores, these enabling DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics as well as dedicated HD video processing on one single chip. In addition to basic functions, AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop APUs support the following features:
AMD Steady Video makes possible instant removal of jitters and shakes while re-watching video, all content looking smooth from here on out - users may activate this feature via their AMD Catalyst Control Center or the VISION Engine Control Center application. This feature will work on any player which has been programmed to work with AMD's DXVA engine including Adobe Flash Player 10.2.
AMD Dual Graphics gives you a performance boost when paired with AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series graphics cards. AMD RadeonTM Dual Graphics requires an AMD A-series APU plus an AMD RadeonTM discrete graphics configuration and is available on a wide variety of versions of Windows OS. -- Check with your component or system manufacturer for specific mode capabilities and supported technologies.
Integrated USB 3.0 Controller for lovely storage of digital content and rapid transfer of that content.
AMD VISION Engine Software to provide you the user with regular updates to system performance and stability and to introduce you to new software enhancements.
The AMD A4-3300 has a 2.5GHz CPU, 444MHz GPU, 160 Radeon Cores, 1MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W, and has a suggested retail price of $70 USD. The AMD A4-3400 has a 2.7GHz CPU, 600MHz GPU, 160 Radeon Cores, 1MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W, and has a suggested retail price of $75 USD. All AMD A-Series processors are made for use with FM1 motherboards, A4 APU's requiring the AMD Vision Engine Control Center 11.8 driver release or later, and the two announced here in this post are available at Amazon.com, NCIX, and other fine retailers today.