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.
Recipe for a Budget Gaming System: AMD A8-3870K Black Edition Processor, Dual Graphics and Overclocking
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?
Conclusion: The addition of an unlocked multiplier is always a fantastic tool to have at your disposal if you're keen on this overclocking malarkey. We're still a little bitter about the fact that overclocking Intel's budget CPUs is so limited too - imagine a Pentium G850 with an unlocked multiplier?
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.
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.
Summary: Any Llano Lynx based platform (A4, A6 and series A8 APUs) offers value for money really. The strong point of Llano obviously is the embedded GPU and, combined with their A75 chipset, features like native SATA-600 and USB 3.0 support.
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.