TechSpot: AMD A8-3850 APU Llano Review

Following in the footsteps of Brazos, AMD is now ready to unleash its bigger brother. Codenamed Llano, the new arrival resides in AMD's Lynx platform and packs four Husky cores (very similar to what's inside Athlon II processors), along with a robust GPU based on the Evergreen family's Redwood architecture.

As a refresher, the Evergreen GPUs powered AMD's last-generation Radeon HD 5000 graphics cards. Llano's graphics core feature anywhere from 160 to 400 stream processors, which should make them considerably more powerful than any other integrated graphics solution we have seen to date.

AMD has plans to ship many different A-Series APUs, which are broken down into three key families. High-end models will belong to the A8-Series and will be quad-core processors that utilize the Radeon HD 6550D graphics core operating at 600MHz. The A8-3850 runs at 2.9GHz and the A8-3800 does its work at 2.4GHz, but that speed is boosted via AMD's Turbo Core technology and can therefore operate at up to 2.7GHz. The A8-3850 has a TDP rating of 100 watts, whereas the A8-3800 is rated at just 65 watts.

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That review totally missed the point. They couldn't compare it to the i3(fusion's main competition) due to "time constraints". If they weren't wasting their time comparing it to a GTX580, then maybe they wouldn't have completely missed the point.

They're either incompetent or in Intel's pocket.

Laslow said,
That review totally missed the point. They couldn't compare it to the i3(fusion's main competition) due to "time constraints". If they weren't wasting their time comparing it to a GTX580, then maybe they wouldn't have completely missed the point.

They're either incompetent or in Intel's pocket.

I think the problem is you cannot read... There was one page from what I saw that compared all processors using the GTX 580 and they said how well the A8-3850 did.

Then there were two more pages of gaming performance that used the IGP graphics and the GTX 580 was nowhere to be seen.

The conclusion could not have been more pro AMD if they tried so I would say Intel are not getting their moneys worth. They must be incompetent, you clearly understand what is going on better than anyone else.

benchmarks are stupid. but at least it shows, this processor doesn't run bad at all!
im kinda more interested in A8-3530MX, which sounds really good for notebooks.

because alot of people (including me) is waiting for Bulldozer, hopefully to see it soon out and see how it performs and costs.

EmilyTheStrange said,
benchmarks are stupid. but at least it shows, this processor doesn't run bad at all!
im kinda more interested in A8-3530MX, which sounds really good for notebooks.

because alot of people (including me) is waiting for Bulldozer, hopefully to see it soon out and see how it performs and costs.


Yup, can't wait to see Bulldozer 32nm vs. Tri-Gate Transistor + 22nm.

It is basically trying to compete with the Core i3 cpu which it can't for multithreaded well-coded apps. Gaming is good when you compare it to integrated graphics of from intel.