AMD Kaveri Dual Graphics Only Works With DDR3 Memory Based Radeon R7 GPUs

AMD Kaveri Dual Graphics Only Works With DDR3 Memory Based Radeon R7 GPUs

The AMD Kaveri APUs have officially been launched and we have summed up the details for the fourth generation processing units in this article. With the launch of these APUs, we have also obtained some new details regarding the dual graphics technology.

AMD Kaveri Dual Graphics Only Works With DDR3 R7 GPUs

AMD has been adding dual graphics support in their APUs since some
time now, the technology allows a discrete graphics card to work in
crossfire with the integrated graphics processing
unit. AMD Kaveri APUs feature the R7 series Radeon graphics which from
preliminary data suggested that AMD might allow all Radeon R7 series
GPUs (discrete) to be compatible with the Kaveri APU but that’s not the case.
The new information released
show that AMD Kaveri APUs only feature Dual graphics compatibility with
certain set of Radeon R7 graphics cards which feature DDR3 memory.
That’s right, the iGPU on Kaveri can only be couple with a DDR3 memory
based R7 series partner. There are only two cards under the Radeon R7
series brand which are available in DDR3 flavors. These include the Radeon R7 240 and Radeon R7 250 which we had recently tested  last month. Both cards are entry level models and aren’t actually suited towards gamers.

The technical presentation AMD forwarded has some performance numbers of dual graphics in action with the A10-7850K and Radeon R7 240 (2 GB DDR3). The performance results show that dual graphics does make the Kaveri APU run games at 1080P such as Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider
which otherwise isn’t possible (atleast on high settings configuration)
but that means users would have to spend $59 – $89 more on these
graphics cards for a little performance upgrade and even that in a few
titles since AMD CrossFire isn’t great on all gaming titles. The best
choice for users would be to leave the Dual Graphics option and aim for
atleast a discrete Radeon R7 260X or 270X graphics card to get far
better gaming performance.

AMD Kaveri Dual Graphics

AMD may add Crossfire optimizations to these games with the upcoming
Catalyst 14.1 BETA driver but aside from that, atleast i think that
investing in dual graphics is pointless unless you want to built a small
form factor media PC or HTPC build.

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