AMD A8-3850 Llano APU and Lynx Platform Preview - HotHardware

AMD A8-3850 Llano APU and Lynx Platform Preview

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Before bringing this article to a close, we'll take a look at power consumption of the AMD A8-3850 and some competing platforms. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power this new APU was consuming with a power meter, versus other test systems we used for benchmarks in the previous pages. Our goal was to give you an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling on the desktop and while under a heavy workload Keep in mind, this is total system power consumption being measured at the outlet and not the the individual CPUs or GPUs alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

The A8-3850's power consumption characteristics when paired with an A75-based motherboard are fairly impressive. Idle power consumption is simply minuscule--we're talking about a quad-core processor here with 400 Radeon cores (plus RAM, drives, a PSU, fans, etc.) sucking down only 51-55 watts at idle. And under load (where we taxed both the CPU and GPU with concurrent runs of Cinebench and LAME) total system power consumption hovered right around 150W, which is competitive with the Core i5-2500.

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Terrific review Marco, very thorough!

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Yesterday during the HP/AMD training I attended for work they explained to us some of the details about their upcoming APU. It was very interesting and your review was able to show things in much better detail. Thanks for the extensive review and benchmarks.

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"Bulldozer please ! It doesn't make sense for me to explain the flaws or repeat what Marco said in the conclusion. Llano is not for me, its too weak and still cant compete with a dual core Sandy Bridge chip, that says a lot.

"So, a couple of questions though, the AMD A8-3850 doesn't turbo higher than 2.9? Can it be overclocked? And last, to clear a confusion, will Bulldozer Chips have integrated GPUS?"

-Optimus

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"The part that I was most impressed with , was the Cyberlink's Media Show Espresso Encoding test, particularly, the W/O Hardware accelaration against the i5-2500, Yes, it took One full minute, but thats quite impressive considering that the AMD A8-3850 is clocked at 2.9, yet you have to factor in , that the i5-2500 turbos up to 3.7, thats a 800MHz advantage, and the AMD A8-3850 beat the Phenom X4 980 at 3.8. "

-Optimus

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$200 is a pretty attractive price point for a system that can handle modern games. And considering that includes the motherboard, processor and gpu, how much easier could it get to upgrade an older system ( as in my Athlon X2 4400 and 7200 gts).

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thanks for the most thorough review and evaluation.I think that the AMD A8-3850 is going to be very successful.Not going to be a problem using 450W [bronze] PSU with these builds and sure to please mainstream folks.A Multimedia user experience that's expected here is delivered ...at a great price.

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That was a extremely through review. I agree that I think AMD will be able to compete with Intel with these chips. Obviously they concentrated more on GPU performance than CPU performance so if applications are optimized to use the power of the GPU then they will run even better on the AMD chips. It would be interesting to know how much of a limit is created by the software we are running versus the hardware.

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I was just thinking of some of the neighbors [soccer mom & dad types] this affordable platform would be perfect for them and the younger kids in the their home.Especially on a affordable rig built by members in HH  as opposed to 'big box' store.My new neighbor runs landscaping crews he could care less about benchmarks and such.But he would be very interested in an updated modern  affordable pc with multimedia capabilities such that this platform provides at price he can afford.For general family use pc.That's very efficient..Heck could even get his 12 year old step son to build it.

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There is no mention of Eyefinity, does this mean there is no support for it? :( That's quite a deal breaker for me.

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There is no mention of Eyefinity, does this mean there is no support for it? :( That's quite a deal breaker for me.

check out those mainboards [Crossfire -ready] and add a vid card plenty of choice out there for Eyefinity and budget

Note : may have to bump the PSU to 650W but that depends

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