AMD adds a new family member to its 7th generation A-Series APUs by launching the AMD A6 9400 APU on a German retailers Website. Just like the rest of the 7th generation APUs, this one is also based on the excavator microarchitecture instead of the zen microarchitecture.
AMD’s A6 9400 APU is built on the 28nm process produced by TSMC. The APU is compatible with a wide variety of boards that support AMD’s AM4 Socket. You have the option to choose boards from A, B, and even X series chipsets such as the A320, B350, and X370 chipsets. The APU consists of 2 cores and 2 threads and comes with only 1MB of L2 Cache which is quite low. The APU’s processor cores have a base clock speed of 3.7GHz with no boost option available. You also have dual-channel DDR4 Memory support with speed of up to 2400mhz.
Since this is an APU it comes with AMD graphics integrated into the processor. This specific APU uses AMD Radeon R5 that is based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) 2.0 microarchitecture. The integrated graphics in this APU comes with 192 shader cores, a base clock of 720MHz, and a boost clock of 1029MHz. The Dual Channel memory will help with the performance of the Integrated Radeon R5 GPU but, since this is a fairly entry-level solution, don’t expect cutting edge performance from this APU.
This APU was found listed on a German retailer’s website going by the name of Mindfactory. The website had this APU listed for US37.63$ with VAT (Value-added Tax) included. After doing away with the VAT tax, we get a price of about US32.50$. It would be safe to say that the chip will end up costing anywhere in the neighborhood of US30-35$. The chip is set to be released on 20th March 2019, at least on the website that is. The specifications for the APU found on the German website can be seen below:
|Processor Family||AMD A6|
|Processor clock frequency||3.7 GHz|
|Number of CPU cores||2 core 2 threads|
|Processor cache||1MB L2|
|On-board graphic model||AMD Radeon R5|
|Thermal Design Power (TDP)||65 W|
The AMD A6 9400 APU will only be good for general day-to-day use with Its Dual Cores processors and Radeon R5 Graphics. The APU will really only be good enough for some really lightweight indie games without breaking the bank. Some users just want to browse the web and play online web games in their free time instead of becoming a hardcore gamer and they might not want to build the most powerful pc around to do just that.