AMD Fusion: A8-3500M A-Series Llano APU Review - HotHardware
AMD Fusion: A8-3500M A-Series Llano APU Review

AMD Fusion: A8-3500M A-Series Llano APU Review

Today, AMD is lifting the veil on their next generation mainstream mobile processor, code named Llano. This latest volley by AMD is aimed at hitting Intel right in the mid-section, where the bulk of multimedia capable notebooks are sold. These are higher-end machines, where the likes of Intel's new Sandy Bridge-based Core i5 and Core i7 dual and quad-core processors live.

The platform we'll give you a look at today is AMD's A Series; specifically we have an A8 APU-based machine that we'll break down for your edification and spin up on the test bench so you can see its performance profile.

AMD Fusion: A8-3500M A-Series Llano APU Review

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I am not afraid to admit my eyes started to glass over but I refocused and read through it again. That being said it's a spunky little CPU and I hope AMD paints the town red; thereby causing Intel to respond in kind. Competition is the name of the game for me lads and which of these technology giants will get a portion of my paycheck is the bonus round.

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im glad AMD is putting the fire under intel's butt. Im excited to see these in laptops!

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There seem to be several laptop makers that are just tied to Intel - I wonder how much this will change with more capable Fusion APUs. I haven't had an AMD laptop yet due to their lack of performance in the mobile space, but I'm definitely going to have to compare AMD and Intel more the next time I'm due for a new laptop. Finally some competition!

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Good review Dave seeing that power draw was amazing.

It appears CPU power is of less importance as GPU power coupled with a solid CPU is the sweet spot. Unless you are doing some heavy multithreaded tasks.

Cant wait for retail to see what they price at.

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Wow, well i was thinking about getting a quad core E series notebook (next gen of course)...now im looking at an A series. Good to see AMD paying attention to the mobile market, cant wait to see these puppies in laptops. Obviously not going to be a huge competitor in terms of raw performance, but for the average consumer these are fantastic. Im definitely going to recommend this to my parents, as their Althon core from 2004 is in its death throes.

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nice job AMD....CZROXAS ROCKS....yeah...go AMD go!!!

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So I think I'm a super nerd until I read articles like this and you guys always put me in my place. This article is a bit over my head, great job with the review! This looks like a great chip for mainstream laptops and I've seen some announcements around for laptops that are taking advantage of the new tech. HP was one of the main ones like you said. Hopefully Lynx will preform well in the mainstream desktop arena. I love intel but way to go AMD!!!

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Wow! I'm not a die-hard of either Intel or AMD, I'll just go with whoever is better, so bring it on AMD, make Intel blush!

AMD is going to have to work hard with Intel using 3d tech in their chips, that will bring power usage down and performance up. It would be interesting if AMD went mainly to mobile and Intel went mainly to desktops, though I doubt that would happen fast as they both have stake in both, and neither wants to exit the scene.

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any one have any kind information the when they gonna release

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THIS is what I like. Back and forth innovation. I hope AMD makes a ton of money on this, and Intel come back with something even better.

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By all appearances, Fusion WAS worth the wait, and just what most of us want - a well balanced system that won't cost an arm and a leg.

Congrats AMD!

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Isn't the Crossfire with the 6700M pretty bad in performance? The gains seem to be negligible especially comparing to how much extra you need to do to get a 6700M. I mean it's a whole new chip to put in on the mobo (increases cost of the notebook) and that thing will draw quite a bit more power. Maybe it would be more useful for a highend GPU?

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Forgot to add, any word of some laptop being able to do to eg triple monitor Eyefinity? This would be awesome to get rid of a desktop.

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Great review as always! I love the attention to detail that is put down into these reviews.

I am especially surprised to see AMD putting out a decent i5 competitor and even though the 3D performance is great, they're going to have a hard uphill battle to battle.

Still, Can't wait to see what these babies will sell for.

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so do i...so do i...LOVE IT!!!! CZRoxas Rocks!!!

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Now everything is depends on the price !!

if its below the price of the sandy bridge then its ok (in the range of 600-700 $ for a8 ) else its be a bad choice compared to sandy bridge.

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GPU performance is not impressive. A8-3500M which has GPU with 400 shaders is only twice as fast as HD3000 in metro 2033 and Dirt. In far cry 2, HD3000 was very close to it !!

However, power consumption of Llano is impressive. http://www.android-application-development.org/

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I really like APU laptops cuz price is so low for all stuff and performance it give us for playing, well done AMD

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I bought this baby after reading the review and I must say that it was woth every cent. Especailly since the last one I had before that was from 3 years ago, so it was quite slow compared to modern standards.

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