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


We used the 7-Zip LZMA2 compression mode to compress the different types of file (source code, images, raw data). This test is multithreaded and highly dependent on the memory used (DDR3 1600 MHz CL9 for all our platforms).

The AMD APUs are neck and neck with the Intel offer, with the A8-3850 slightly in front of the Core i3 2120, and the A6-3650 slightly behind the Core i3 2100. The domination of the Phenom IIs is however there for all to see, in spite of their inefficient use of the memory bandwidth.


Now to compilation with MinGW. Here we compiled the Mame source code, version 142u6 with the 64-bit version of the MinGW (GCC 4.4.7) environment. As the source code and tools have developed significantly since version 132, usually used in our CPU tests, the scores aren’t comparable with our previous tests.

The Phenoms once again do best in this highly threaded test, but it’s worth noting that the A6 does better than the Core i3s in this test. Let’s now move on to the performance of these processors in games with an additional graphics card.

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