Reviews and Problems with AMD A8-Series A8-3850 AD3850WNZ43GX (AD3850WNGXBOX)
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28 September 2012
Conclusion: Well as we noticed we were not able to overclock this unit at all really. A few MHz was all we could push out of our sample, this doesn’t mean however that this model does not overclock at all because I have seen some nice results on other sites. The issue was that our sample just locks up immediately..
Conclusion: I know that comparing with 550BE Dual core is a no contest against the newer Quad core based A8-3850, but this should give a decent idea on where she stands. Not a lot of people upgrade processors on a regular basis, atleast the generic users. That’s exactly the reason this processor is made for. However the selling point of the processor depends on the price of the board as well.
Conclusion: The X4 630 provides ample horsepower for general usage, and it doesn't have much trouble tackling modern games either. That said, most of today's games are GPU hogs and less dependent on CPU performance ( as seen in Dirt 3 ), which is why almost all integrated GPUs have failed to-date. In January, Intel's Sandy Bridge processors earned some serious respect for achieving significant improvements over its long-mocked embedded solutions.
Conclusion: To wrap the performance figures up, it's no surprise that the new APU can't match the CPU-oomph of the Phenoms and higher spec Intel-models, but that's not really the point, either. The thing is, these A-series APUs are never even meant for high performance use, but rather designed to offer ENOUGH performance for most uses, and indeed for regular office, and especially HTPC-needs the 2,9 GHz quad core is all you'll ever going to need.
Pros: Low cost of the platform, Connectivity (graphics, USB3, S-ATA3), Reasonable power consumption, GPU-performance
How AMD's Fusion A8-3850 APU Changes Personal Computing
25 August 2011
Conclusion: After all the tests we carried out, the final question remains: Does AMDs A-series mainstream APU deliver? We think it does, at least in the target segment it is marketed for. The CPU delivers enough performance for the majority of users and the GPU lives up to the claim of discrete level performance, at least at the entry level.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT : Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.