The global shortage of GPUs is making the cost of PC components, especially GPUs so high that many people have started looking for alternatives. And one of those alternatives is the APU. This article will talk about what APUs are and why they are popular with budget PC gamers.
For starters, a cheap gaming PC needs a good GPU and the next best choice is an APU. It closely resembles the CPU; however, a bit more expensive than CPU. We will clarify that later. First let’s understand what an APU is.
What is APU?
An APU or Accelerated Processing Unit is a processor that acts as a CPU (Central Processing Unit) and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). More precisely, an APU is a processor with integrated graphics that offers the best of both, a CPU and a GPU in the same component.
APUs are very beneficial, especially for those who are building low-cost gaming PCs. Any PC built with an APU instead of a CPU eliminates the need for a graphics card, reducing the space occupied by bulky hardware.
This type of hardware is optimized for compact devices; As it stands today, console boards use the APU to eliminate the dedicated GPU and thus less extra space. For example, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One use APUs.
I think when it comes to APU, people will immediately think of AMD’s CPU, because it’s very powerful. However, Intel also has CPUs with dedicated graphics cards. The difference is, AMG has trademarked the “APU” label and their CPUs with integrated graphics perform better than Intel.
Should you buy an APU?
Before buying yourself an APU, think about the pros and cons of combining CPU and GPU. While the APU certainly has its positives, it also has its negatives. For example, an APU tends to cost more than a processor with the same specs. However, that’s not such a big deal; because it will be much cheaper than buying a separate GPU.
Second, if you are planning to upgrade your hardware in the near future, especially the graphics card, then you should not use an APU on your system. But if you plan to replace the GPU in 2-3 years, you should buy a GPU instead of an APU.
In addition, you can also learn more details about the GPU here.