AMD Llano A8-3850 APU Launched!
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
Coming just two weeks after the launch of the Sabine mobile platform, AMD have now unveiled their Llano-based A8-3850 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) and A55 & A75 Fusion Controller Hub (FCH) chipsets for the desktop. This 32nm 2.9Ghz quad-core chip is based on the new FM1 socket, supports DDR3-1866 memory speeds, and features an integrated Radeon HD 6550D GPU with 400 shaders. What's most impressive is the fact this new processor is going to retail for a mere $135, which opens the door for some very cheap yet well-rounded systems.
Without further ado, here are the reviews:
- Anandtech: AMD A8-3850 : An HTPC Perspective.
- Anandtech: ASRock A75 Extreme6 Review and Desktop Llano Overclocking.
- Anandtech: The AMD A8-3850 Review: Llano on the Desktop.
- Benchmark Reviews: AMD A8-3850 Lynx APU Processor.
- eTeknix: Asus F1A75-M Pro Llano Motherboard Review.
- Guru3D: AMD A8-3850 APU and A75 motherboard chipset review.
- Hardware Canucks: AMD A8-3850 APU Review: Llano Hits the Desktop.
- HardwareHeaven: AMD Llano A8-3850 APU and Gigabyte A75-UD4H Launch Review.
- Hardware Secrets: A8-3850 vs. Core i3-2100 CPU Review.
- KitGuru: AMD Vision A8-3850 APU & Asus F1A75-M Pro Motherboard Review.
- Legit Reviews: AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Llano APU Review.
- Legit Reviews: ASUS F1A75-M Pro AMD APU Motherboard Review.
- PC Perspective: AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor Review - Can AMD compete with Sandy Bridge?.
- PureOverclock: AMD A8-3850 Llano.
- TechSpot: AMD A8-3850 Llano APU Review.
- TechwareLabs: AMD Llano A8-3850 APU.
- The Tech Report: AMD's A8-3850 Fusion APU - Llano lands on the desktop.
- Tom's Hardware: AMD A8-3850 Review: Llano Rocks Entry-Level Desktops.
- TweakTown: AMD A8-3850 (Llano) APU and A55/A75 Chipset Review.
- TweakTown: AMD A8-3850 (Llano) APU Video Performance Examined.
While the CPU portion of Llano is nothing to write home about, its top-end GPU is significantly better than any of Intel's IGPs. The A8-3850 also has a terrific price tag, which means that budget systems will finally now be able to have some good graphics capabilities.
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