Originally Posted by NaroonGTX
All of the A-series APU's from Trinity and Richland use Piledriver cores. There are no Phenom II or FX-anything in the APU's. The FX chips have L3 cache and are basically just Opteron dies with several HT links laser-cut disabled depending on the model -- several modules disabled. The only APU's that had the same architecture as Phenom II was the Llano series, which was K10.5 (sometimes referred to as K12 since it was enhanced-Stars) based.
The only difference between the various Trinity/Richland APU's is how much L2 cache they have and whether or not they have one or two modules, as well as the clock speeds/turbo clocks.
Wait... Does that mean I can get an Opteron for AM3+? That's similar to Intel's Extreme series, right? Essentially a stripped down, high clocked Xeon with a larger L3 cache. My comparison was more based on the architecture though. Obviously there are some differences, but the CPU part of Trinity/Richland is Piledriver, albeit stripped down a bit, which gives it performance extremely similar to the FX-4300s.
As for pricing, Intel has awful iGPUs compared to even a 6670. An i5 compared to an A10 has Intel's APU win in most CPU tasks while AMD's APU wins in GPU tasks. If Steamroller gets within 25% performance of Sandy Bridge, then yes, I think that $170 would be a safe launch price. I doubt that they'll price it at $200 though.