In June of this year AMD redefined the notebook processor when it announced its high performance Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) in a system-on-chip design. This design delivers up to two times the battery life and gaming performance of competing platforms.
AMD’s Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) allows the cores to share workloads and system memory. In traditional setups the CPU acts as the traffic cop for separate CPU and GPU workloads. This new design lets the CPU and GPU cores act equally in sync to complete compute tasks, in contrast to the traditional setups the FX-Series APUs bring a total of 12 compute cores (four CPU and four GPU) into play.
As a result graphics performance is improved in the 6th generation APUs, with AMD R6 Graphics for the A8 and A10 processors, and AMD R7 Graphics for the FX-Series. Pairing with AMD Radeon R6 or R7 discrete graphics (via a discrete graphics card or notebook GPU), the APUs work in conjunction with the discrete GPU which, according to AMD, gives gamers even better quality through an extra boost in graphics performance.
This groundbreaking processor boasts not only increased battery life and faster gaming performance it enables innovative computing experiences through combining HSA, with premium Microsoft® Windows® 10 experience and support for DirectX® 12.
AMD’s processor provides superior streaming entertainment and smooth online gaming. 6th Generation AMD A-Series Processors bring HEVC/H.265 to the notebook for the first time. This benefits consumers by providing higher quality, lower bandwidth streaming video playback than the traditional H.264 videos. It also provides superb visual quality for entertainment by supporting Ultra HD resolution videos using AMD Perfect Picture with Steady Video technology. Media conversions are significantly faster with up to 5x the accelerated encoding performance available in CPU-only processing.
The 6th Generation AMD A-Series Processors come with built-in discrete-class graphics allowing for smooth online gaming at up to 2x the performance available on competitive processors.
This new processor is the future with support for multi-threaded APIs including DirectX™ 12, Vulkan™ and AMD’s Mantle enabling the most advanced gaming technologies while improving performance and visual fidelity. Enjoy true, playable HD notebook gaming with the most popular online titles including DoTA 2, League of Legends, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
More and more laptops from top PC makers are making the new sixth-generation AMD A-Series APUs available in notebooks delivering exceptional experiences never before available in mainstream notebooks.