Tech Tuesday: AMD Kalveri Processor
Having nothing new come across our desk this week we take a look at AMD’s new hybrid chipset, the AMD Kalveri processor. Though it might seem like any other product on the market, this little wonder is a CPU and a whole lot more.
So why would you invest in something like this? Isn’t a processor just for computing tasks? Well, yes that is its primary focus, however AMD continues to modernise its hardware. This means the Kalveri is a very different beast and the design is one of a kind.
The unit has 12 Compute Cores, 4 CPUs (Central Processing Units) and 8 GPUs (Graphical Processing Units) allowing it to process a lot of your computer uses right from the chip. The graphical side of this processor is where the bulk of the most impressive features are. Using HSA architecture it is capable of using the CPU and GPU cores in harmony, meaning each can borrow the power of the other to help where needed.
How does that help? Well the GCN (Gaming Core Next) Architecture is running some of the same technology as an AMD Radeon R7 graphics card. This means features like Eyefinity are available without any extra support, allowing up to four displays at once in supported games and it’s built right into the chip.
The Kalveri is also running AMD’s brand new Mantle tech, meaning gamers are able to run titles such as Battlefield 4 without even installing a graphics card. Though it may be early to talk about performance, AMD is saying gamers can expect 1080p gaming and 4k resolution support (for a few people out there that have a monitor that can run it).
Lastly, AMD is not only handling computing and graphics with this chipset but also sound. It’s running AMD TrueAudio on top of everything else, offering more acoustic bandwidth and capabilities for developers to play with, which will improve the quality of even standard headphones.
Even though this chipset is not ready to replace items like sound cards or graphics cards, the Kalveri is an interesting window into what the future will hold. This concept of a combined CPU and GPU with enough power to run modern games is an exciting one. Gamers may soon be using thin Ultrabook style PCs capable of smooth HD gameplay. It may be a bit early right now but AMD’s new Kalveri may in fact be the beginning of a new style of computer design.