Less than two weeks ago we reviewed AMD's new mobile processor: Temash, Kabini and Richland. Today AMD is introducing the desktop version of Richland (the A10, A8 and A6 processors), and this successor to Trinity has one big change in the form of higher clockspeeds. In this review we'll examine whether that's enough to push the Piledriver cores to acceptable levels of performance.
If AMD is struggling to compete in the mobile segment, it's in an even worse position when it comes to desktop processors. The FX processors from the Bulldozer series that came out at the end of 2012 weren't that impressive, even if they're becoming more interesting due to price drops and software that can take advantage of multiple cores. The recent launch of Intel's Haswell processors, on the other hand, increase the pressure on AMD's FX models even more.
The Richland processors for desktops that come out today feature incremental improvements over last year's Trinity models. They can be seen as an interim solution, as later this year we expect to see the Kaveri processors that are supposed to have an improved processor architecture. Like Trinity, Richland uses the Piledriver architecture.