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AMD A-Series A8-3870K 3,0GHz Socket FM1 Box

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AMD A8-3870K Black Edition APU Review

mad shrimps
30 April 2012
  • Summary: The Black Edition A8-3870K APU from AMD is aimed at the mainstream market and offers enough performance for occasional gaming at lower resolutions, other multimedia activities or office work, this without the need to buy a dedicated video card. Thanks to the unlocked multiplier, overclocking becomes much easier than before and the performance gains after this operation are quite surprising.
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Expert Review

20 March 2012
  • Conclusion: This CPU is perfect for a HTPC, you can get a very well performing HTPC that even allows for gaming at lower resolutions.
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Overall 8

Recipe for a Budget Gaming System: AMD A8-3870K Black Edition Processor, Dual Graphics and Overclocking

X-bit labs
18 March 2012
  • Summary: Today we are going to compare the performance of Socket FM1 and LGA 1155 systems. Will a hybrid Llano processor be able to beat the entry-level Intel CPU paired with an entry-level graphics accelerator? How efficient AMD Dual Graphics technology is? Does overclocking make Socket FM1 systems more attractive?
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Overall 8

AMD A8-3870K

PC Magazine
12 March 2012
  • Conclusion: AMD's top-of-the-line Fusion refresh APU, the A8-3870K, offers lots of overclocking opportunities, but remains an imperfect standalone solution.
  • Pros: Unlocked multiplier allows independent overclocking of CPU and GPU components. Improved performance over predecessor. Supports DirectX 11 video.
  • Cons: Still not a replacement for discrete video cards.
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AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano Quad-Core APU Review

5 February 2012
  • Excerpt: When AMD initially released their Llano-based A-Series APUs, the company targeted cost-conscious consumers looking for highly-integrated, easy to assemble solutions for an entry-level or mid-range PCs. At the time of launch, the flagship model in the A-Series line-up was the A8-3850, which featured quad CPU cores paired to a DirectX-11 Radeon GPU with 400 active shader units.
  • Pros: Low Power, Affordable, Dual-Graphics Support, Integrated DX11 GPU Core
  • Cons: General Compute Performance Below Intel, More Performance Available For Minimal Additional Investment
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Overall 8

Expert Review

2 February 2012
  • Conclusion: Outside of the unlocked multiplier, the A8-3870K has the same HD 6550D GPU with 400 Radeon cores running at 600MHz speed as the A8-3850. Now one of the coolest things about the Llano APUs is that they are targeted mostly towards HTPC users and the extremely budget conscious gamer who doesn’t want to play Battlefield 3 at Ultra high settings.
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Expert Review

Techware Labs
1 February 2012
  • Excerpt: With AMDs’ Llano and Bulldozer line releasing within 8 months of each other it was only a matter of time before we saw them merge.  The main complaint about Llano was the inability to overclock anything.  Well now we see 2 unlocked versions come into the market: the A8-3870k and the A6-3670k.  With AMDs rich heritage in overclocking and GPUs what kind of performance can we expect out of these?  Lets first take a look at the new line desktop Llano APUs.
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AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0 GHz Quad Core APU Review

Hi Tech Legion
29 January 2012
  • Summary: When looking at the Lynx platform as a whole, the market is perfect for a mainstream user, and not anyone else. This is where I am a bit puzzled about the release of an "unlocked" Llano processor. Enthusiast and high end users aren't going to be buying Llano or fusion systems, unless it's for some kind of small system use, like an HTPC or home server. Those are the users that would be trying to overclock a system for that extra performance.
  • Pros: Radeon 6550D Integrated Graphics, Unlocked Multiplier, Dual GFX Compatible, 100W TDP, Virtualization Technology Support, 32 nm, Mainstream Price, Good GPU Overclock
  • Cons: Minor performance increase, CPU Overclock Mediocre for Unlocked Processor
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AMD A8-3870K CPU Review

18 January 2012

AMD "Llano" A8-3870K

13 January 2012
  • Conclusion: The 3870K is certainly a nice addition to the Llano lineup. Unlocking the GPU multiplier allows, at least in some graphics applications, a healthy boost in performance but the gains heavily depend on the specific application. In a way, the lack of performance increase is an interesting testimonial to the efficiency of platform integration AMD has achieved with Llano, in that the bottlenecks are so evenly distributed that boosting the performance of a single component...
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