Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Processors | July 6, 2011 - 08:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: amd, llano, APU, a-series, a8, a8-3850, overclocking
We have spent quite a bit of time with AMD's latest processor, the A-series of APUs previously known as Llano, but something we didn't cover in the initial review was how overclocking the A8-3850 APU affected gaming performance for the budget-minded gamer. Wonder no more!
In this short video we took the A8-3850 and pushed the base clock frequency from 100 MHz to 133 MHz and overclocked the CPU clock rate from 2.9 GHz to 3.6 GHz while also pushing the GPU frequency from 600 MHz up to 798 MHz. All of the clock rates (including CPU, GPU, memory and north bridge) are based on that base frequency so overclocking on the AMD A-series can be pretty simple provided the motherboard vendors provide the multiplier options to go with it. We tested a system based on a Gigabyte and an ASRock motherboard both with very good results to say the least.
We tested 3DMark11, Bad Company 2, Lost Planet 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and Dirt 3 to give us a quick overall view of performance increases. We ran the games at 1680x1050 resolutions and "Medium"-ish quality settings to find a base frame rate on the APU of about 30 FPS. Then we applied our overclocked settings to see what gains we got. Honestly, I was surprised by the results.
While overclocking a Llano-based gaming rig won't make it compete against $200 graphics cards, getting a nice 30% boost in performance for a budget minded gamer is basically a no-brainer if you are any kind of self respecting PC enthusiast.
Subject: Processors | July 6, 2011 - 04:41 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: llano, APU, amd
Newegg recently opened up its Llano inventory to consumers, with both the A6-3650 and A8-3850 now in stock. The new AMD APUs represent a combination of AMD graphics and CPU, and are an interesting option for low cost systems on both the budget gaming machines using integrated graphics and small form factor HTPC systems.
Our you ready for Llnao? Why not join the discussion over in the forums and advocate whether Llnao is deserving of Hardware Leaderboard status?
Subject: Processors | July 6, 2011 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: llano, APU, amd
Llano is still very active in the news, as reviewers try to pin down exactly what the capabilities of a true APU are; what does it do well and what does it not do well. Most reviewers have discovered that AMD's offering is relatively weak at current generation general computation and absolutely amazing as an integral GPU. Part of the weakness in computational tasks seems to stem from the scarcity of programs that can take advantage of multi-core processors and the almost complete lack of GPU accelerated programs ... that are not graphical in nature. X-bit Labs takes a very in depth look at the modified Stars core called Husky and the Sumo graphical portion which resembles Redwood.
"Desktop Lynx platform that includes hybrid Llano processors has finally found its way to the consumers. Let’s take a closer look at it and find out how successful the combination of old Stars processor cores and a high-performance Radeon GPU actually is."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Llano APU Review @ Legit Reviews
- A8-3850 vs. Core i3-2100 CPU Review @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD A8-3850 (Llano) APU Video Performance Examined @ Tweaktown
- AMD A8-3850 Lynx APU Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
- Mobile CPU Comparison Guide @ TechARP
Subject: Systems | July 5, 2011 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: htpc, llano, sandybridge; a3850; i3 2100, amd, Intel, APU
In one corner is the $140 AMD A8-3850 and in the other is the $135 Intel Core i3-2100T, with matching motherboards both about $100. We have seen how the new Llano chips stack up in computation and gaming but their use in HTPC systems is also important and requires different benchmarks. Bjorn3D takes a look at the two chips ability to properly render Blu-ray at the proper 23.976 fps naturally as well as taking advantage of Direct X Video Acceleration. Take a look to see how AMD's new APU can handle a role as an HTPC.
"In addition to being a capable mainstream APU, the Llano and the new Lynx platform have the potential to be a perfect match for a more capable HTPC system. In this article we are taking a look at the HTPC capabilities of the A3850 and a Gigabyte A75 motherboard, and contrasting it to a comparable Intel system with a Core i3-2100T and an ASRock H67 motherboard."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- AMD A8-3850 : An HTPC Perspective @ AnandTech
- Veebeam HD Wireless Streamer Review @ Real World Labs
- A.C.Ryan PlayON!HD 2 FullHD Network Media Player Review @ Real World Labs
- Fractal Designs Define R3 Chassis Review @MissingRemote
- Streacom HDMI Audio Mix Cable Review @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2011 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows 8, ontario, low power, hondo, brazos, APU, amd
Thanks to a leak from AMD, we have new information on their plans for tablets and ultra mobile platforms. Hondo will be a member of Brazos-T, the planned improvement to the current low power version of Brazos which goes by the name of Desna. This is not so much a new chip as a refining of Brazos and the Ontario APU, the 1GHz APU will still be made on a 40nm process and sport a DirectX 11 GPU at 276MHz also optimized for lower power consumption and heat production. The Hudson controller is also being tweaked in the same way, with the chipset's TDP sitting at 1W compared to the ~4W the APU will consume. It should be capable of playing 720p videos at that power setting, though you can expect a bit more power draw if you are streaming the movie wirelessly. You can read more about the future of the new fanless APU from AMD at The Inquirer.
"CHIP DESIGNER AMD is planning to refresh its Brazos platform in time for Microsoft's Windows 8.
AMD launched its Brazos platform last year, though actual products tipped up earlier this year featuring a dual core processor and a DirectX 11 GPU. However with Windows 8 coming out in 2012, it is a little surprising that leaked slides point to AMD planning a refresh of Brazos, codenamed Hondo. According to the slides, Hondo is designed to operate with passive cooling, and have 2W "app power" usage, about half that of the current Brazos chips."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Retailer Calls Rivals' Bluff On "HDMI Scam" @ Slashdot
- Unlicensed: Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player illegal? @ Ars Technica
- Facebook's 'awesome' plan to hook up with Skype? @ The Register
- Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET @ The Register
- Nanolayers improve performance of phase change memory @ Nanotechweb
- Imation Link Wireless Extender Review @ t-break
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2011 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: x79, release, llano, Intel, brazos, APU, amd
DigiTimes has announced that the 32nm Llano we've all be waiting for will be arriving tomorrow with the A75 chipset in tow. A pair of A8s and a pair of A6's should be available for you over the next few weeks, with a refresh of less powerful A4 APUs set for the Fall/Winter of 2011. The last quarter will also see AMD flesh out their lineups of A8 and A6 CPUs and the first arrival of the E-series for their Brazos platform.
You'll have to wait a while longer for Scorpius, it is not scheduled to hit until the beginning of 2012, which means Intel's X79 chipset will be out along with a few new i3 and i5 models and even a new Celeron.
"CPU maker AMD is set to announce its latest 32nm A series APU codenamed Llano on June 30 with motherboard makers including Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) all having announced products based on AMD's A75 chipset, according to sources from motherboard players.
In early July, AMD will initially supply its FM1-based A8-3850, A8-3800, A6-3650 and A6-3600 APUs with A6-3500, A4-3400, A4-3300, A8-3870, A8-3820, A6-3670 and A6-3620 APUs set for launch in the fourth quarter along with E2-3200. In September, AMD will also announce E-450 and E300 for its Brazos platform.
For the high-end Scorpius platform, AMD will announce the AM3+-based FX-8150, FX8100, FX6100 and FX4100 by the end of September with FX8170, FX8120, FX6120 and FX4140 set for the first quarter of 2012.
For chipsets, AMD will launch A75 (Hudson D3) and A55 (Hudson D2) together with its A series APU, and is set to launch a chipset codenamed Hudson D4 in February 2012.
On the other hand, Intel is also prepared to launch its high-end X79 chipset after September along with 11 upgraded CPUs including Core i5-2320, Core i3-2120T, Core i3-2130 and G540.
The sources pointed out that AMD is targeting Llano at the entry-level and mainstream markets, competing mainly against Intel's Core i3 and Pentium, while E-450 and E300 will target Intel's G440, 540 and 530 series."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Inside Google+: how the search giant plans to go social @ Ars Technica
- Office 365 goes live, gives SMBs a taste of the enterprise @ Ars Technica
- Google in preemptive strike on Microsoft Office 365 @ The Register
- McAfee to wipe mess off .xxx pr0n sites @ The Register
- Surprising Power Consumption Of Ubuntu 11.04 vs. Windows 7 @ Phoronix
- Lowepro LP34711-0AM Black Ridge 10 Camera Case @ Rbmods
- Custom Firmware Alternatives For Your Wireless Router @ TechSpot
- Sapphire Office Visit - X79 Revealed @ Ninjalane
- SkyMall’s Most Bizarre Products – Part 13 @ Hardware Secrets
- 5 Ways OS X Lion Will Increase Productivity @ Techware Labs
- Win a Dell XPS Laptop with Overclock3D & Dell Outlet
Asus today launched a new AMD focused F1A75 motherboard series, which the company claims is designed to optimize the performance of AMD’s Llano APUs. Equipped with such Asus features as Dual Intelligent Processors 2 (DIP2), DIGI+ Voltage Regulator Modules, auto-overclocking features, and a UEFI BIOS the new motherboards are packed with features and ready to be paired with a socket FM1 AMD processor thanks to the A75 chipset.
The most noticeable end-user feature in the new motherboard series will be the UEFI BIOS which does away with the old-school DOS look in favor of a sleek graphical interface that can be navigated via a touchscreen or a mouse (in addition to the obligatory keyboard input). Further, beyond the EZ mode and auto-tuning functions, it will allow overclockers to enter an Advanced mode to tweak their settings to get the highest overclock possible, and then save screen captures to a thumb drive by pressing the F12 key.
More specifically, the F1A75-V EVO model features the FM1 processor socket as well as two PCI-Express x8 slots for CrossFireX support in addition to native support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps standards.
The new boards should be available shortly at your favorite retailer(s). Be sure to stay tuned to PC Perspective for Llano desktop APU benchmarks.
PC Perspective Podcast #159 - AMD Llano Notebook Platform, AMD Fusion platform architecture, X79 Rumors, the deal about BAPCo and more!
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2011 - 02:39 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: x79, podcast, nvidia, llano, Intel, fusion, APU, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #159 - 6/23/2011
This week we talk about the AMD Llano Notebook Platform, AMD Fusion platform architecture, X79 Rumors, the deal about BAPCo and more!
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- 0:34:00 AFDS11: AMD Demonstrates Trinity Powered Notebook
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- 0:41:30 AFDS11: Microsoft Announces C++ AMP, Competitor to OpenCL
- 0:45:45 New Rumor Indicates X79 Chipset Will Support Both 1366 and 2011 Sockets
- 0:49:49 Microsoft is probably laughing as AMD speculates the unlikelihood of Intel buying NVIDIA
- 0:54:45 Larrabee rides again, almost ... meet Knights Corner the new Many Integrated Core design
- 0:58:35 What's the big deal with BAPCo? Why Benchmarking Matters
- 1:05:20 Crysis 2: Cry Harder (with DX11 and High Res textures)
- 1:06:00 *Allyn Show and Tell*
- 1:12:45 Quakecon Reminder - http://www.quakecon.org/
- 1:13:17 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
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- 1:25:45 Closing
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2011 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, Eric Demers, APU
The Tech Report was present for AMD's Eric Demers keynote at the FDC in Seattle last week. They captured quite a few of the slides on camera which you can examine at the bottom of their article. We have seen quite a bit of coverage on the next generation of AMD's Fusion processors, but how can you get sick of reading inside information! Still no news on Bulldozer yet though.
"At the Fusion Developer Summit here in Bellevue, Washington this morning, AMD Graphics CTO Eric Demers made some interesting revelations about his company's next graphics processor architecture. While he didn't talk about specific products, he did say this new core design will materialize inside all future AMD products with GPUs in them over the next few years."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 @ Phoronix
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6750 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers
- PowerColor HD 6850 SCS3 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- AMD Radeon 6450 512MB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate Edition 1GB DDR5 DX 11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Sapphire HD 6750 @ Overclockers.com
- AMD vs Nvidia: 2nd gen DirectX 11 Battle of the GPUs @ t-break
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate 1GB @ Tweaktown
- AMD Catalyst 11.6 Windows 7 Driver Analysis @ Tweaktown
- AMD Catalyst 11.6 Driver Analysis @ eTeknix
- A Fresh Look At The Nouveau Gallium3D Driver Performance @ Phoronix
- Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Palit GeForce GT 520 1GB @OCAU
Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards, Processors, Mobile, Shows and Expos | June 16, 2011 - 02:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: llano, liveblog, fusion, APU, amd, AFDS
The AMD Fusion Developer Summit 2011 is set to begin at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT and promises to bring some interesting and forward looking news about the future of AMD's APU technology. We are going to cover the keynotes LIVE right here throughout the week so if you want to know what is happening AS IT HAPPENS, stick around!!