Gaming on mainstream laptops becomes a reality.
I must say I haven’t been this excited about reviewing a piece of hardware since the GTX 590; the results from the Llano were that impressive. On a totally different scale of course! Now let’s get on with the actual benchmarks.
For comparisons I have added the similarly priced and specced HP Pavilion dv3 and MSI GE600 laptops. The dv3 costs AED 2,800 (USD 762) and has an Intel Core i5-480M (@2.66GHz), 4GB ram and AMD HD 6370M 512MB graphics card; the GE600 costs AED 4k (USD 1100) supporting Core i5-430M (@2.26GHz), 4GB ram and ATI HD 5730 1GB graphics card.
As you can see from the Passmark’s 3D test and CPU tests, the new A8-3500M is proving to be better that the Core i5s plus discrete graphics card. 7-zip and Winrar are also speed dependant, the Llano topping out at 2.4GHz is obviously slower than the Core i5s. For 3DMark 06, I would like to mention an important issue that despite being in CrossFire mode, only one GPU was being utilized.