Some interesting parts:
The new “Carrizo” microprocessor will include four “Excavator” processor cores and powerful AMD Radeon™ Graphics Core Next (GCN) cores. With approximately the same area footprint as its predecessor “Kaveri”, “Carrizo” fits 29% more transistors (3.1 billion) onto a die. By utilizing a high-density library design, “Carrizo” achieves a 23% area reduction for the “Excavator” cores while still providing more transistors and more instructions per clock (IPC).
AMD has been able to combine four “Excavator” cores, eight Radeon™ GCN cores, the southbridge, AMD Secure Processor technology for enterprise-class security and a HSA-1.0 design on a single “Carrizo” APU. The new “Excavator” cores are smaller, more powerful and more energy efficient than the previous generation. The power optimized GCN graphics cores provide impressive performance-per-watt improvements. HSA capabilities enable new, more efficient applications. Multimedia throughput is improved by 3.5x, and hardware support for H.265 decode is included. All of this is done without a change in process technology, and while holding the die size flat generationally. “Carrizo” is truly a feat of engineering, a great step toward AMD’s 25x20 energy efficiency goal and a testament to the AMD commitment to deliver great products.
The whole thing is worth a read...
I am happy and sad with the turn they have made. This are going strong on the iGPU/APU section and hopefully they make some awesome chips. These badboys can play BF4 and is amazing on low-mid budget PC.
Kind of off-topic: its good that they dropped AM3+. The only chip worth it was the 6300 and the 8350 and the rest was kinder crap tbh.