AMD goes af­ter the Core i3 with its Go­davari chip

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AMD calls it ‘a cheap, ef­fec­tive choice for build­ing PCs de­signed for on­line gam­ing’

What’s re­ferred to as the ‘Go­davari’ chip rep­re­sents a slight bump in terms of the CPU and GPU clock speed com­pared to the ex­ist­ing A10-7850K, which uses AMD’s ex­ist­ing Kaveri ar­chi­tec­ture. PCs fea­tur­ing this chip are avail­able to buy now.

Like the A10-7850K, Go­davari uses 12 com­puter cores (4 CPU, 8 GPU), but boosts the core CPU clock from 3.7- to 3.9GHz, and turbo speeds from 4- to 4.1GHz. AMD has also sped up the graph­ics chip from 720- to 866MHz. It uses AMD’s ex­ist­ing FM2+ moth­er­board socket ecosys­tem, how­ever, which makes it a rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive up­grade.

That’s a mar­ginal speed in­crease, though, across the board, and AMD isn’t mak­ing any claims about at­tack­ing the high end of the APU mar­ket. In­stead, the com­pany is po­si­tion­ing the chip against a com­bi­na­tion of an In­tel Core i3 and an nVidia GeForce GT 740 dis­crete GPU. At 1080p ‘max’ set­tings, AMD is claim­ing frame rates of 35fps for Star­Craft 2, 49fps for DOTA 2, and 89fps for a 5x5 League of Leg­ends match.

AMD also says that the APU can power Dirt Rally at 1920x1080, medium set­tings, at about 40fps. Nat­u­rally, AMD still rec­om­mends a dis­crete graph­ics card; pair­ing it with a Radeon R7 250, for ex­am­ple, ekes out 45fps or so on High set­tings.

“AMD takes a ma­jor step for­ward to­day by un­veil­ing the world’s most ad­vanced eS­ports and on­line gam­ing pro­ces­sor tech­nol­ogy in the A10-7870K APU,” said Matt Skyn­ner, cor­po­rate vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral manager of the Com­put­ing and Graph­ics Busi­ness Unit at AMD, in a state­ment. He po­si­tioned the APU as the econ­omy choice, “giv­ing play­ers the abil­ity to game like a pro with­out spend­ing like one.”

The chip sup­ports AMD-spe­cific tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing Vir­tual Screen Res­o­lu­tion for gam­ing at lower res­o­lu­tions. Not sur­pris­ingly, the chip sup­ports DirectX 12 (and Win­dows 10), Vulkan, and AMD’s own

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