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AMD A8-3850 and A6-3650: staking it on the APU
by Guillaume Louel
Published on August 28, 2011

After the launch of the first mobile A Series APUs, AMD has now officially launched the desktop processor models. Only two have been launched for now, the A8-3850 and the A6-3650, and we’ve tested them both for you.

For AMD, APUs are first and foremost the realisation of the Fusion strategy that followed the buyout of graphics card manufacturer, ATI. The central idea behind Fusion was to create APUs, chips bringing together a standard x86 CPU (supplied by AMD) and a graphics processor (the ATI heritage). After the launch of the Brazos platform at the beginning of the year (designed for Netbooks and their desktop equivalents), the A-Series APUs target a much higher volume market, the entry level segment.

32 nm, SOI, HKMG

The A-Series APUs also represent a technical challenge as this is the first time that AMD and Global Foundries have come together to produce 32 nanometre chips (32nm-SHP that combines Silicon on Insulator, immersion lighography and High-k dielectric materials).

The A8-3850 in CPU-Z

The AMD Llano project was however delayed on numerous occasions and by the time it had come to market, Intel was also offering processors with an integrated graphics core. Does the APU recipe make sense for desktops? This is what we’re going to find out!

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