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AMD Llano A8-3850 Review

By on July 21, 2011
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Making integrated graphics a playable reality.

Good: Great integrated GPU performance; Decent performance increase with faster ram; Runs extremely cool; One chip solution for a budget gamer or HTPC build
Bad: Overclocking GPU & CPU speeds doesn't result in measurable performance gains; CPU performance is marginally less than Intel's offering
Price: AED 580
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The new Llano APUs from AMD made quite an impact when I reviewed their mobile processors, codenamed Sabine, last month with the A8-3500M. Now it’s time for the new desktop Llano processors, codenamed Lynx, to show their worth.

The desktop Llano APUs differ from their mobile counterparts in that they have an overall higher TDP, faster integrated GPPU clock speeds and support for higher memory speeds (1866MHz on Lynx as opposed to 1600MHz on Sabine). You can have a more in-depth look at all the proposed SKUs of the desktop Llano processors in the chart below.

All the above processors are based on the new socket FM1, on a 32nm die. Additionally the desktop Llano processors are similar to the mobile variants in that you can create a hybrid CrossFire X setup between the above mentioned APUs and anyone of the following AMD discrete graphics cards: Radeon HD 6450, 6550, or 6570.

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