AMD A8-3850 Llano APU and Lynx Platform Preview

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Gaming: APU and Dual Graphics - 3DMark 06 and FarCry 2

FutureMark states that, "3DMark's score is an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system. 3DMark06 has been downloaded more than any other 3D benchmark and the ORB database now contains over 8.5 million 3DMark06 benchmark scores from around the world."

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthatic DirectX Tests

3DMark06 tells the whole story of AMD's design philosophy with Llano. The AMD A8-3850-based systems offered strong graphics performance with relatively low CPU scores that trailed Intel's Core i3-2120 dual-core, while the Intel-based rigs had relatively good CPU scores, with much lower GPU-related scores. Also note the Core i3-2100T couldn't even finish the HDR/SM3.0 test.

FarCry 2
DirectX Gaming Performance

FarCry 2
Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date. Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations. We benchmarked the systems in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry 2, using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map.

FarCry 2 shows the stark contrast in GPU performance between AMD's and Intel's platforms. The A8-3850 offered playable framerates at 1600x900, while the second-gen Core processors did not. Also note that running the A8-3850 in dual-graphics mode with the Radeon HD 6670 installed in the system almost doubled the framerate.

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