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AMD Socket FM2+ APUs / CPUs
APU Gaming. Enhanced Productivity
Ideal for both day-to-day use and Entry-Tier gaming, the AMD FM2+ platform is widely adaptable to a vast range of needs, providing different users with the feature-set they need with expandability and options for external connectivity. Designed to be used with FM2+ motherboards, FM2+ processors consists of APU and CPU platforms, giving users the choice for both powerful all-in-one graphics solutions and discrete graphics cards for those installing CPUs.
Built primarily for gamers building a low-powered, Entry-Tier gaming system, APUs such on the Richland and Kaveri architectures feature Radeon graphics cores fitted alongside the CPU cores, giving gamers a single chip which doesn’t require the use of a discrete graphics card. Products such as the A8-7650K use a Quad-Core CPU running at 3.30GHz, with 384 Radeon graphics cores at 720MHz. While the A10-7890K improves performance with a higher clock speed of 4.10GHz and 512 Radeon graphics cores at 866MHz. Supporting RAM speeds up to 2400MHz on the DDR3 platform, the APU delivers enough performance to play less-demanding games at 1080p resolution.
As the APU has been primarily designed for gamers in need of a low-cost system, for less demanding applications such as basic image editing, internet browsing and media playback, the APU technology delivers incredible performance which makes it ideal for casual computing and multi-tasking requirements. For those looking to gain additional performance from the APU platform, discrete AMD graphics card solutions can be installed for multi-GPU support – combining the performance of the on-board Radeon cores with those of the discrete graphics card.
Should users decide to use a CPU rather than an APU, which in-turn provides more capabilities for overclocking and higher CPU performance, they will require a discrete graphics card for functionality as FM2+ CPUs do not feature integrated graphics cores. CPUs such as the Athlon X4 860K and X4 880K feature a Quad-Core design with high clock speeds, taking performance further with options for overclocking. These processors support memory speeds of 1866MHz DDR3.