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In addition to the area reduction, the “Excavator” core has achieved program goals by reducing power versus the previous “Steamroller” core by 40%!



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Edit: Just noticed it was posted on Feb 23, hopefully it hasn't been here yet. If it has been, sorry.
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Some interesting parts:
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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).
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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.
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post #3 of 19
Isn't carizo only for mobile? Still decent... Just sad.
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post #4 of 19
Personaly I would love a small form factor device thats the size of my chromebook with those specs.
Though it might be a bit farth
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Carrizo are shaping up to be fantastic APUs, but it's time to get these into consumer PCs & laptops before interest is lost, or before the competition has something better price/performance wise to entice OEMs. I would imagine the majority of sales in this sector is for consumer machines over custom builders. I also believe I've been hearing about Carrizo for well over a year now.

On the other hand the gains we're looking at on these (hopefully final) bulldozer/excavator cores is impressive enough, I hope they hit a big home run on the new Zen/AM4 platform, I need a few more chips capable of standing up with my 4770s and 4790s and like to have some AMD in the mix thumb.gif
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plz come with a $150 8 core with performance of 2600k so we can make intel drop prices to 200...
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They need to come out with brix / nuc like products, could be ideal pre 2006 gaming boxes then, then again intel stuff can run the same sorta stuff but.... Well AMD's APU Drivers will be better than intels i expect lolololol
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They need to come out with brix / nuc like products, could be ideal pre 2006 gaming boxes then, then again intel stuff can run the same sorta stuff but.... Well AMD's APU Drivers will be better than intels i expect lolololol
We are talking almost 840M performance in terms of graphics. 40% higher than what Intel's fastest graphics solution push out today.
It can actually take on the ULVs with relative ease it wins the integer benches but would lose the FP benches it's shapping up real nice I just hope they will have a decent offering in terms of laptops with these actual chips.

30-40 cm screen with 1080P or higher res, good contrast and high brightness display, decent keyboard, decent battery, decent trackpad and also very important a high efficiency design to do their chip justice. We don't want the platform to take down the APUs efficiency.
post #9 of 19
i would love to go amd.

i am sick of buying boards with plx chips just so i can use 2 gpus and a raid card.
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post #10 of 19
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Some interesting parts:

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.

I thought the 8350 was redundant since well binned 8320's could reach the same clocks as well binned 8350s. In any case, AM3+ remain a low/mid range competitor in some cases. I would rather go 6300 than i3 for lower end workstations for rendering.
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