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AMD A-Series APUs: Ready For Their Close-up

Since coming to market last year, AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) have established a well-earned reputation and track record as price/performance champions with their one-of-a-kind ability to deliver world-class, discrete-level graphics technology and responsive processing power on a single-chip. In other words, GPU + CPU = APU.

Along the way, the first generation A-Series APUs have racked up numerous bona fides in head to head competition with Intel, among them:

AMD A4-3400 APU Beats Intel’s Core™ i3 2100 in Major Benchmark...1

  • 60% less price
  • 114% better performance on 3DMark Vantage benchmark
  • 213% better performance on Cinebench Open GL benchmark
  • 115% better performance playing Lost Planet
  • 120% better performance playing Left4Dead

2011 Top 5 Most Popular games – A8 vs Core i32

Batman: Arkham City (1080p)A8 is 70% faster
Portal 2 (1080p)A8 is 78% faster
Battlefield 3 (720p)A8 is 200% faster
Skyrim (1080p)A8 is 110% faster
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (1080p)A8 is 100% faster

Now, to take full advantage of the incredible momentum the A-Series APU has built, AMD has launched a redesigned brand strategy to emphasize the best-in-class value and performance factors the world’s first and only Accelerated Processing Units are bringing home to the mainstream market.

A-Series APU Brand Realignment for the Component Channel

Already underway and spanning worldwide, the component channel will notice sales and marketing collateral that reflect a key shift in the way AMD brands its current and future APU technologies.

Instead of our component APU products leveraging the same VISION branding and A-series nomenclature as the retail consumer channel, AMD will now implement a component logo methodology—specifically for the channel—in order to place a greater emphasis on the individual APU component.

The new AMD A4, A6 and A8 logo creative aligns to the logos of other successful channel products, such as AMD FX CPUs and AMD Radeon graphics.

As AMD busies itself refreshing current creative landscape and messages to align to new brand ID, ISV partnerships tied to video, gaming and App Acceleration as well as proof points aligned to these areas of focus, please note: this brand transition is for the desktop component channel only.

APU = Best for Video, PC Gaming and App Acceleration

AMD is kicking off the new ‘Best for’ A-Series campaign to highlight the new AMD A-Series processor logos and the accelerated consumer applications that can deliver an AMD advantage. With a new focus on some of today’s most popular applications, these toolkits translate hardware innovation to real world performance. Take, for example:

  • Adobe Flash Player
    With PCs powered by AMD A-Series APUs, Adobe Flash Player (one of the most commonly used video codecs) can be enhanced for a more enjoyable viewing experience. The same GPU-based decode engines that are used to offload CPU decoding of Blu-rays can now be used to decode H.264 encoded Flash video.
  • Corel WinDVD Pro 11
    An advanced 2D and 3D video software player that offer support for the latest video formats, Corel® WinDVD® Pro 11 is able to leverage AMD A-Series APUs to help deliver high-intensity Blu-ray 3D™ playback.
  • DivX
    With a PC powered by AMD A-Series APUs, DivX Accelerated™ solutions let you enjoy smooth HD video playback while freeing up the brains of your computer for other tasks.

What it Really Means to Your Business

You can be confident that AMD will deliver some of the most aggressive price points in the market while accelerating applications used every day, by all users. We know it’s what your customers really want, and it’s the driving force behind our efforts to constantly innovate and never settle for less than our very best.

Between the refreshed look and feel and the better-targeted benefits messaging, these new assets tell the story of accelerated processing in a way that your customers can understand. Delivering the best video experience under $60, AMD’s A-Series APUs are ready for their close-up!1

Find these and other new marketing assets on the AMD Partner Portal!

1 Test conducted in AMD Labs measuring visual performance using FutureMark’s 3DMark Vantage (Performance) Benchmark. The AMD A4 APU scored 1710 Marks while the Intel Core i3 CPU scored 800 Marks. Pricing based on list prices found on ($123.98) and ($45.49), respectively as of May,1 2012.
AMD Platforms: AMD A4-3400 APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 6410D on A75 motherboard, 4GB(2x2GB) DDR3-1333 system memory, AMD Catalyst™ 11.7, Windows 7 64bit.
Intel system using Pentium G630 with HD2000 graphics, on a H67 motherboard, 4x2GB DDR3-1333, Driver, Windows 7 64bit.
All games tested at 13x7 resolution with medium settings.