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

F.E.A.R 3

Recently released, the latest opus in the F.E.A.R series uses an improved version of the F.E.A.R 2. engine. The game doesn’t have any simple graphics presets and we set it up as follows: shadows low, textures medium, ambient occlusion off, transparency low.

While the game is playable at 1920x1080 on the A8-3850, it isn’t really smooth unless you reduce the resolution. The A6 is around 20% down on the A8 once again and you have to go down to 1280x720. The HD 3000 is crushed by a factor of 2 in this test. Note that Dual Graphics continues to threaten to slow graphics performance.

Duke Nukem Forever

Finally released, DNF doesn’t have any graphics presets either. We limited the shadows on the world and textures to medium.

Again, you can play with the APU A8-3850 at 30 frames per second but it is only really smooth enough when you reduce the resolution. The A6 is only 15% down on the A8 here: this title is less limited by processing power than memory bandwidth. The HD 3000 has a big advantage over the HD 2000 here.

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