AMD Llano A8-3500M APU Review

By on June 21, 2011
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Gaming on mainstream laptops becomes a reality.

Good: Extremely good performance for an integrated GPU; Good scaling of CrossFire when it works; APU runs very cool and quiet; Low power draw of 35W is great for long battery life
Bad: DX9 games do not use dual GPU; AMD Vision drivers don't scale CrossFire gaming across all DX10 & DX11 games
Price: AED 2,800+
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

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.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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  • Triguy

    Just as i though AMD will make it back on the market if they continue that many consumers will go on them for sure ( no doubt ) because of there price perfomrance ratio my penny is worth to buy on AMD fusion technology and the coming years my penny is on them thats for sure =] im glad that they made it hurray !!! =]

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