AMD A8-3870K Black Edition Review

By on February 2, 2012
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The fusion APU’s flagship flexes its muscles.

Good: Fast stock performance, Unlocked multiplier, Runs cool
Bad: High overclock depends on performance motherboards of which there aren't many
Price: AED 600
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For testing the AMD A8-3870K I have decided to run some gaming benchmarks on the integrated HD 6550D GPU, and for testing the CPU itself, I have paired it up with a GTX 580 for a fair comparison with the Intel Core i3 processors.

While I have run the regular suite of tests for the majority of the benchmarks, the integrated GPU test was completely customized. Clearly the integrated GPU on the Llano processors, or any other CPU for that matter, aren’t meant for high-resolution gaming, as such I have used the below settings for the integrated graphics test.

While I did indeed have custom settings for Unigine and Team Fortress 2, but 3DMark 11 has preset ‘low’ settings running at a lower resolution than 720p. Meanwhile the Aliens vs Predator benchmark had everything set to fairly high levels, but at 720p.

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