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
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.
Conclusion: All the above processors are based on the new socket FM1, on a 32nm die. Additionally the desktop Llano processors are similar to the mobile variants in that you can create a hybrid CrossFire X setup between the above mentioned APUs and anyone of the following AMD discrete graphics cards: Radeon HD 6450, 6550, or 6570.
Summary: AMD's A-Series Fusion processors successfully improve upon AMD's Fusion strategy which combines CPU and GPU. In addition to the traditional CPU compute capabilities the new processors offer the fastest and most feature complete integrated graphics solution available today - by far. Our tested A8-3850 CPU comes with an integrated "Redwood" graphics core that features 400 shader cores clocked at 600 MHz.
Pros: Integrated Fusion graphics, Low power consumption, DDR3-1866 memory support, IGP supports dual-link DVI for 2560x1600 desktop resolution, Good overclocking potential, Support for DirectX 11
Cons: High price, Dissapointing performance gains from mixed CrossFire, 3D performance could be better, Like all integrated graphics, system RAM is reduced by the amount the IGP needs, No support for CUDA / PhysX
Conclusion: While not a door busting six or eight core processor, the AMD A8-3850 puts up a valiant fight and never backs down. I was surprised on how well this little guy held up to the testing abuse and kept asking for more. The new platform brings the mainstream segment up a bit and gives them up-to-date decent power for a low cost. The A-Series is aimed at those wanting to build a solid workstation, media computer or even a powerful HTPC without a lot of money or overhead.
Pros: Competitively priced, Integrated CPU and GPU on one chip, Great price to performance ration, Low TDP, Supports DDR3 up to 1866MHz, Decent overclocking for mainstream chip