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Upon looking at AMD's first \"Llano” Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for desktop PCs in June, the A8-3850, we concluded that the company had approached a winning formula for budget desktop PCs. Though that chip's processing performance left something to be desired, it delivered the best video hardware we'd yet seen in a single-chip solution. That balance is more precarious, however, when seen through the lens of the lower-end A-series APU, the A6-3650. It implements all the same ideas, but comes up just short in the performance areas where the A8-3850 squeaked by. It's more serviceable than exciting, but its $115 (list) will be undeniably attractive for builders on restricted budgets. In several key areas, the A6-3650 and A8-3850 are indistinguishable. Both chips are based on the same 32nm \"Stars” production process, have four processing cores and the same amount of L2 cache (4MB, 1MB per processing core), TDPs of 100 watts, and support for up to 1,866MHz DDR3 memory; they both also lack the ability to use Turbo CORE technology to boost processing power when not all cores are in use.
A smaller version of the A8-3850, the AMD A6-3650 APU is built along the same lines but with lower clocks. The four cores are clocked at 2.6 GHz here (compared to 2.9 GHz on the A8), while the integrated graphics consists of a Radeon HD 6530D. This solution is down from 600 MHz on the A8-3850 to 443 MHz. Once again, there's no Turbo feature, nor anything similar to Intel's Hyper-Threading technology. In practice, the processor part (index 60) is around 7.7% down on the A8-3850's processor performance. Although it does a little better than the Pentium G620 (index 56), it's still a long way behind the Core i3 2100 though priced at more or less the same level. The graphics is around 10% down on the A8, which limits even further the possibility of gaming with recent titles. For a more detailed analysis of the AMD A-Series with four-cores, we refer you to our test of the AMD A8-3850. Lastly, don't forget that our performance index is available to give you an overall vision of the current offer.
AMD's flagship model of its new A-Series range of desktop Llano Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) – the AMD A8-3850 – launched last month. At the same time, AMD announced a cheaper, less powerful APU, the A6-3650 – which we have now jammed into our test bench.If you haven't heard about AMD's Fusion technology before, then the term 'APU' might be a new one to you. The APU is a hybrid chip bringing together both the CPU and GPU and sticking them onto a single die. Before your eyes glaze over and the moaning starts about integrated graphics being about as much use as a chocolate teapot, hold on, because in the A-Series of APUs, the graphics performance is really rather startling. But more about that later. This isn't the first incarnation of AMD's Fusion technology, but it is by far the most powerful. The first Fusion APUs (codenamed Ontario and Zacate, versus the current codename, Lynx) had very low power ratings (Ontario 9W, Zacate 18W). They were aimed at the ultra-thin notebook market where, it has to be said, they didn't exactly set the world alight. Likewise the first of the Llano chips, the A8-3500M, was aimed at the notebook market, although it made a much more favourable impression this time around.
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