What is an APU
APUs (formerly known as Fusion) are AMD’s answer to a series of 64-bit microprocessors that function as a CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) on a single die.
Are APUs important in gaming
An APU is unique in its marketing, targeting the budget PC builders who want low-level gaming performance at an extremely low price point. Whilst a standalone CPU and GPU partnership is by far the best way to go, APUs still offer up an enjoyable gaming experience for those looking to play less intensive games – and at a fraction of the price. If you want to find out more about apus vs gpus vs cpus we have put together a handy guide.
How do I find out which APU I have
One of the simplest ways to determine which APU your system is running, is to simply look up the processor name in device settings.
You can do this by following these simple steps:
Go to Windows>Settings>System>About. Once inside, you should see a section titled “Device Specifications”. Inside here you will see what APU your PC is using.
How to choose the right APU for your build
Whilst there are only a couple of APUs available from AMD, it’s still worth understanding the key factors to consider before making your final decision as to the best APU for you. This way, you’ll ensure the APU you pick is right for your specific needs. Below are the main considerations:
- Performance Needs – As mentioned above, APUs are fairly low-level in terms of gaming performance. So, one of the first things you should consider before purchasing an APU is what games do you want to play? If you’re looking to play the latest AAA game titles, an APU isn’t going to be right for you. However, if you’re looking to play less-intensive titles like CS:GO and LoL, an APU could be what you’re looking for.