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The Intel Sandy Bridge and the AMD APU

March 28th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The APU stands for Accelerated Processing Unit and is a term Coined by Advanced Micro Devices, AMD, the number 2 computer chip maker. APU is essentially a fusion of the processor and the graphics unit in one single chip. The merger reduces the overall cost as compared to integrating the processor and the graphics unit.

Intel’s Sandy Bridge is the answer to the AMD’s APU. Sandy bridge has implemented the processor and the graphics in a single die using 32 nm lithography. While AMD has so far implemented the APU only in Entry level notebooks, Sandy Bridge processors come with advanced and high computing power.

APU is essentially a term coined by AMD – Advanced Micro Devices.

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  1. Lance
    April 2nd, 2011 at 06:49 | #1

    I dont think / agree that intel sandy can compete on amd’s apu base on videos on youtube amd apu are more powerful and more stable in videos compared to intel’s sandy make your own test to prove which is better for me amd is still the best choice to buy .

  2. admin
    April 27th, 2011 at 10:18 | #2


    It is hard to make a general statement taking side with either the AMD’s graphics in APU or the graphics in Sandy Bridge processor. So far they are serving different markets. AMD’s APU are seen in entry level notebooks with moderate CPU performance and “decent” graphics performance. Sandy Bridge processors are serving the mainstream moderate to high performance notebook ( as well as the desktop) arena with “decent” graphics performance.