Rumor: AMD planning to bundle Battlefield 4 with Kaveri APUsBy Tim Schiesser 28 comments
AMD is known for its partnership with EA DICE and Battlefield 4, already bundling the game with some Radeon R9 series GPUs, and working to integrate their low-level Mantle API into the title. Now information from Japanese website Hermitage Akihabara has suggested AMD will bundle Battlefield 4 with their upcoming Kaveri APU.
Not all Kaveri APUs will come with a Battlefield 4 Origin code in the box: the A10-7850K and A10-7700K are the most likely targets, as both top-end SKUs should be able to play the game at resolutions up to 1600 x 900. The game may also be only packaged in certain A10-7850K and A10-7700K, for a small premium over non-Battlefield bundles.
Hermitage Akihabara managed to snap a picture of the A10-7850K before its scheduled release in a few week's time, although the images don't really reveal anything exciting. The APU will come with a 3.7 GHz quad-core CPU based on AMD's new 'Steamroller' architecture, plus a 720 MHz GCN 1.1-based GPU with eight compute units, derived from the Radeon R7 series supporting TrueAudio and Mantle.
More details on Kaveri APUs are expected at CES 2014, as well as a price point for the chips. AMD is advertising the new range of APUs as the most powerful ever, but they're unlikely to take the gaming world by storm. An on-die GPU with the performance of an entry-level discrete graphics card is decent, but not quite up to scratch for those that want to play games on maximum settings.