AMD Launches New Llano-based Desktop, Notebook APUs

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News Posted: Mon, Dec 12 2011 3:24 PM
Rumor has it that we'll see the first chips based on AMD's upcoming Trinity APU before too long, but the company isn't done with Llano quite yet. There's a fresh set of desktop and notebook chips based on the first-generation APU, though most of the changes are fairly minor.

The big news in desktops is the introduction of new K-series parts that feature unlocked CPUs and GPUs for simultaneous and separate overclocking. We're unsure how much traction these parts are likely to gain, given that overclocking a mobile GPU isn't going to provide much of a performance boost. The new 3870K is a 3GHz CPU with a 100W TDP, no Turbo Core, and a 600MHz GPU. The new chip is a small step forward compared to the A8-3850, which runs at 2.9GHz with the same 100W TDP.

There's also the A8-3820, a locked chip with a 2.5-2.8GHz clockspeed and a 65W TDP. Again, that's a small improvement over the current A8-3800 (65W TDP, 2.4-2.7GHz clockspeed). Clearly Llano yields are improving and TDPs are coming down--just not very quickly.

The new mobile parts are aimed at improving AMD's competitive positioning. The new "MX" family increases TDPs from 35W to 45W while boosting clock speeds. These modest bumps don't redefine Llano's performance in any area, but they imply modest improvement to manufacturing yields and give any remaining AMD enthusiasts a new unlocked part to play with.
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I miss the low TDP chips AMD use to make, they were good performers and low consumers. Though that was back in the day where they led the performance market as well.

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LLeCompte replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 6:30 PM

hopefully this can keep AMD's sales up. God knows they need this with the Bulldozer launch being what is was.

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Super Dave replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 10:29 PM

I've been seeing some A6-3400 notebooks priced at around $400, and I think that's a great deal! They trade CPU horsepower for better graphics, which I like, and in that price range they can't be beat. Bulldozer was a disappointment, but Llano rules in this segment! Hopefully Trinity will continue the goodness, and if they slap it into an Ultrabook-like chassis it'll be a big hit!

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rrplay replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 10:55 PM

yep  a pal of mine somehow bought a 400 Llano notebook all by himself and it is perfect for him and the price was great   ! me thinks about 425.00 of so out the door a short time doubt a lot of us are going to be watching to see what Trinity will be doing in an Utrabook chassis too.

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Super Dave replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 11:10 PM

NewEgg was selling a Toshiba A6 laptop for $399, but that price jumped to $429 (now sold out!) when THIS article was posted. This weekend's Best Buy flyer had an A6 Samsung for $379, and an A6 HP for $399. Those are screamin' deals!

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 12:16 AM

I have two AMD APU powered Desktop Systems. An A8-3850 and an A4-3300.

They both have the additional Radeon HD6670 discrete video card added to them for hybrid crossfire.

Both have 16GB of DDR3 RAM in them, one has Mushkin Blackline DDR3-1600MHz RAM, and the other has GSKill RipJawsX- DDR3-2133MHz RAM in it.

The motherboards, one ASUS and one ASRock have SATA-III controllers and USB-3.0 too.

They're low cost, low power usage solutions that will still game to a mid level smoothly with DX-11 Graphics that work.

AMD may be getting their butts handed to them on a platter with high powered CPU's, but these mid range solutions are very civilized for the price.

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Hopefully this will bring some ca$h in for AMD. They need it, especially after what "Bulldozer" did. I, however, am waiting for "Piledriver" to see what happens.

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AKnudson replied on Tue, Dec 20 2011 10:18 PM

Amd is really doing better than they were before they are taking some hits with the llano and the bulldozer proccesors but they won't for long. they are going to do good around Christmas as people want to be cost effective. i expect to see there sales jump pretty well.

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