We kind of saw this coming with last year’s layoffs, but it is still painful to see in reality. A new AMD roadmap has been released, and it shows that while the their next APU will be using the 28nm “Steamroller” core which replaces “Piledriver”, the FX CPU will continue to use Piledriver cores (the roadmap should say “Vishera” rather than “2nd Generation FX CPU”).
This reaffirms that AMD is definitely focusing more on the CPU+GPU side of things moving forward, along with ARM. And why not? Kaveri looks like it’ll be quite capable, with GCN architecture, HUMA, and even TrueAudio support, and if Mantle pans out, it’ll be even better. The top end is said to be on par with a Radeon 7750 or so.
Vishera has topped out at about 5 GHz, but that is after being pushed to 220W TDP. I can imagine that’s as far as AMD is going to be able to take this 32nm chip, and that only gets it up to the performance level of a Core i5 or so.
Kaveri will also be competing with a Core i5, but is a 28nm chip that should have a much smaller thermal envelope than any FX or prior AMD APU. And with much more graphics power than any Intel CPU, it may become the top choice for all-in-one gaming PCs. Tiny Steam Machines anyone?