AMD’s answer to the Intel Sandy Bridge processors has arrived with the launch of the Llano APU A8-3850 which is a quad core CPU clocked at 2.9 GHz with HD 6550D integrated graphics on board. The graphics solution has 400 stream processors. Just like the Sandy Bridge processors, AMD has also got the PCIe controllers, memory controllers on the processor die itself. In case of A8 3850, the Turbo Core technology (ability to increase clock rate dynamically) is not supported and the multiplier is locked at 29x.
The integrated graphics on the A8-3850 can be teamed up with discrete graphics and used in the CrossFire mode. Right now only HD 6670, HD 6570, HD 6450 and HD 6350 cards are compatible.
We tested the board on Gigabyte A75M-UD2H board with 2 x 2GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 RAM at 1333MHz without any discrete card. PC Mark Vantage scored 7817 whereas CineBench R11.5 gave 3.39. Encoding a 100MB VOB file to DIVX took 39 secs. Gaming is what impressed us, with Resident Evil 5 (RE 5) giving 44 FPS on 1680 x 1050, med setting and STALKER COP giving 32.7 FPS on 1280 x 1024, med settings. Crysis Warhead was not that impressive with 15 FPS at 1280 x 1024, med settings.
We paired the APU with Powercolor HD 6670 and enabled CrossFire mode. STALKER COP gave 46.8 FPS at 1680 x 1050, med and RE 5 gave 66 FPS.
|AMD A8-3850 APU Processor
For a price of Rs 7,000, you are getting a processor with integrated graphics which are really good as compared to Intel’s HD 2000/3000 when it comes to gaming. Right now the A8-3850 is recommended for those who want decent gaming on integrated graphics or those looking at building an HTPC with a decent gaming option.
Clock Speed: 2.9 GHz;
Turbo Core: No;
L2 Cache: 4MB;
Integrated Graphics: HD 6550D;
GPU clock: 600 MHz;
Price: Rs 7,000