Can AMD's Newest APU Play Your Favorite Games Without A Dedicated Graphics Card?

Forbes - It began as a project called AMD Fusion — a “system on a chip” solution that combined a standard CPU with integrated graphics processing. AMD’s Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) finally saw the light of day in 2011. And as we did with Intel INTC -0.57%‘s HD Graphics 2000, PC gaming enthusiasts let loose a hearty laugh at the concept of integrated graphics ever competing with our discrete graphics cards. Flash forward to 2013, though, and the APU has come a long way. But is it capable of playing your favorite games?

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NewMonday1985d ago

an APU has a CPU and GPU on a single chip

Wikkid6661983d ago

Just asking whether it's powerful enough to play top rated games.

zeal0us1983d ago (Edited 1983d ago )

Run them in a low setting or medium if you're lucky on the right resolution setting.

CPU and dedicated card is still the best way to go if you intend on making your pc for gaming.

SilentNegotiator1983d ago (Edited 1983d ago )

Hey, if you want a cheap, compact build that can play most games, that's not bad.

The A10 is only ~$40 more and does manage with crysis.

infamous-butcher1983d ago

The HD 8000 series is actually out already. Its solely for OEM though. The specs of the 8000 series are the same as the 7000 series, so "the 8000 series of desktop graphics cards is still a product confined to spec sheets and enthusiast dreams." is not true. Its the 9000 series that has yet to be speced. For some reason AMD just skiped the hd8000 name for consumer gpus.

specs for the hd 8000 range

SkullBlade1691983d ago (Edited 1983d ago )

They'll probably run them okay on low settings at 1080p... maybe medium if you're lucky don't expect 60fps either... Wouldn't push it higher though

the_hitman30001983d ago

Wait let me get this right if I had a decent APU and a AMD dedicated GPU it will really increase performance?

SilentNegotiator1983d ago

It will, at least if it's the featured APU and a Radeon HD 6450, 6570, or 6670.

the_hitman30001983d ago

Thanks but how come it wouldn't work with like the 7000 series?

SilentNegotiator1983d ago

Others might work, but those are the ones specifically listed to work well with that APU.

fossilfern1983d ago

These things show promise, I remember reading about APUs from AMD not long after AMD bought ATi and its been good to see the performance increase. Id say give it another couple of years and these things will become viable for some hardcore gaming.

But as they are now they are decent but id use them for old Retro games and built a small m-itx case with an APU inside.