Curious just what is special about the AMD Pro line of APUs?

Subject: Processors | October 5, 2015 - 04:48 PM |
Tagged: amd, PRO A12-8800B, Excavator, carrizo pro, Godavari Pro

AMD recently announced a Pro lineup of Excavator based chips which match their Carrizo and Godavari current lineup as far as the specifications go.  This was somewhat confusing as there were no real features at first glance that separated the Pro chips from the non-Pro cousins in the press material from AMD or HP.  Tech ARP posted the slides from the reveal and they note one key feature that separates the two chip families and why businesses should be interested in them.  These are hand-picked dies taken from hand picked wafers which AMD chose as they represent the best of the chips they have fabbed.  You should expect performance free from any possible defects which made it past quality control and if you do have bad enough luck to find a way to get a less than perfect chip they come with a 36 month extended OEM warranty.

In addition to being hand picked, machines with an AMD Pro chip will also come with an ARM TrustZone Technology based AMD Secure Processor onboard.  If you use a mobile device which has TPM and a crypto-processor onboard you will be familar with the technology; AMD is the first to bring this open sourced security platform to Windows based machines.  Small business owners may also be interested the AMD PRO Control Center which is an inventory management client which will not cost as much as ones designed for Enterprise and in theory should be easier to use as well.

This news is of lesser interest to the gamer you never know, if you can secure one of these hand picked chips you may find it gives you a bit more headroom for tweaking than your average run of the mill Godavari or Carrizo would.

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Source: Tech ARP

October 5, 2015 | 06:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This big question besides the TrustZone ARM processor, is if the FX8800B(pro version)with the (4 CPU, 8 GPU) will be stuffed into an Ultrabook/thin and light form factor laptop design and starved of the thermal headroom to run at 35 Watts! There are no laptop SKUs released that can run the FX8800p at 35 watts available yet, so what will the FX8800B be stuffed into. That 15-35 Watts appears to be Only for the OEM's use, as the consumer is not getting that 35 watt option yet. It's 30% more performance with the part able to run at 35 Watts!

October 8, 2015 | 10:33 AM - Posted by Sean (not verified)

This is an utterly transparent attempt to charge more for the exact same product.

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