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AMD launched a trio of new APUs just recently. Codenamed Kaveri and using an updated CPU architecture (Steamroller) alongside GCN graphics present in discrete Radeons, the premium mainstream A8 and A10 chips offer solid performance in most applications.

But there have been physical changes in the move between last-generation Richland and Kaveri APUs. The new processors have two extra pins over their APU brethren, meaning that a new motherboard socket, FM2+, is required. AMD’s partners have already launched such supporting boards based on the revised A88X, A75 and select A55 chipsets.