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AMD A8-3870K APU with AMD Radeon 6550 HD Graphics 3.0GHz Unlocked Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - AD3870WNGXBOX

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  • Unrivaled, discrete-level DirectX 11-capable graphics and powerful AMD processor technology combined on a single chip
  • Dual graphics capabilities can boost visual performance up to 75%
  • Unlike the competition, AMD A-Series APUs discrete-level graphics cores stay on when paired with select AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards
  • New Unlocked K Series - Over-clockable CPU and GPU potential for even higher performance
  • Accelerate the most demanding applications for superb performance with AMD App Acceleration
  • AMD Turbo CORE Technology delivers up to an extra 500MHz of speed when needed
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The new AMD A-Series APU joins world-class, discrete-level graphics technology and responsive processing power on a single chip, elevating the visual experience to stunning new HD heights. Discrete-level graphics with full DirectX 11 support lets you enjoy lifelike detail and realistic effects in games. Edit HD photos and videos with ease and responsiveness thanks to quad-core power. And surf the Web, stream video and work in everyday applications at blazing-fast speeds with accelerated application support. All this in a compact, energy-efficient design that’s as affordable as it is stunning. This new design requires an FM1 socket and is not backwards compatible with the AM3 socket.

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B006J420UE: AMD A8-3870K APU with AMD Radeon 6550 HD Graphics

Delivering powerful serial and parallel computing capabilities for HD video, 3D rendering, and data-intensive workloads in a single-die processor, AMD's A-Series APUs offer unprecedented power and potential in an ever smaller package.

AMD A8 Series APU
Experience brilliant desktop performance with AMD's A-Series APU.

This 3.0 GHz AMD A8-3870K APU combines four unlocked x86 CPU cores with an AMD Radeon HD 6550D graphics processor featuring dedicated HD video processing and DirectX 11 support--all on a single chip. AMD A-Series APUs also allow for advanced capabilities such as gestural interfaces, multi-monitor support, 3D entertainment and real-time image stabilization (additional hardware may be required).

Additionally, AMD's dynamic switchable graphics capabilities optimize power consumption on PCs featuring AMD dual-graphics solutions by intelligently managing power states on the APU and a separate discrete AMD Radeon GPU.

Build or upgrade your desktop with this AMD A8-3870K APU and a compatible FM1 socket-compatible motherboard (sold separately; see a range of options below).

What is an APU?

Personal computers have traditionally been built with a central processing unit (CPU) that handled the bulk of the system processing and was linked to a graphics processing unit (GPU), which was used for rendering 2D and 3D images.

CPU GPU
Traditional PC architecture with separate central and graphics processing units.

 

APU = CPU + GPU
The accelerated processing unit (APU) combines the CPU and GPU on a single chip.

An accelerated processing unit (APU) combines a powerful AMD processor and a discrete-class, DirectX 11-capable GPU on a single chip. The APU can quickly offload demanding tasks and applications from your CPU to the GPU, enabling you to do more with your computer in less time.

AMD's A-Series APUs accelerate daily applications while also delivering lower power consumption than previous AMD processor-based desktop platforms. For example, enhanced hardware acceleration delivers smooth online streaming of HD content and web browsing that's up to 3 times faster. Some of the over 50 applications that benefit from accelerated processing include Windows Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Flash Player.

 

Gaming
Faster, more vivid and lifelike gaming.

Brilliant HD: Every Pixel Matters

Complementing the quad-core processing power of the AMD A8-3870K APU is an AMD Radeon HD 6550D graphics processing unit and the cutting-edge AMD VISION Engine, which combine to provide powerful DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics and dedicated HD video processing on a single chip.

A key feature of AMD's VISION Engine is the Radeon Core (also called a GPU shader processor), which calculate rendering effects with a high degree of flexibility for customized effects. The AMD Radeon HD 6550D contains 400 Radeon Cores, which compares to 80 Radeon Cores found on the AMD E-350 accelerated processor.

You'll enjoy crystal clear HD video playback and dynamic post-processing, and web sites will render faster with accelerated HTML5 and Direct2D performance. Editing, transferring and viewing HD content is fast and easy with support for advanced connection standards, including HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort 1.1, and USB 3.0, along with native support for multiple monitors. And AMD's A-Series APUs include a new feature called AMD Steady Video, which is designed to stabilize videos during playback--making unsteady, jumpy content look steady and smooth.

DirectX 11 is the very latest in high-speed, high-fidelity gaming and computing. Featuring technologies like Compute Shaders, Direct2D, Multithreaded Rendering and Tessellation, DirectX 11 can enable not just more visually stunning games, but significant performance improvements in some of your favorite websites and everyday applications.

AMD A8 APU

AMD A8-3870K APU

CPU Clock
  • 3.0 GHz
Cores
  • 4 unlocked
AMD Radeon Graphics
  • HD 6550D
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
  • 100W
L2 Cache
  • 4 MB
Max DDR3 Speed
  • 1866 MHz
Socket Type
  • FM1

AMD Radeon HD 6550D
Graphics Specifications

Radeon Cores
  • 400
GPU Clock Speed
  • 600 MHz
GPU Peak Compute
  • 480 GFLOPS
SIMDs
  • 5
Texture Units
  • 20
Render Back Ends
  • 2
ROPs (Raster Operations)
  • 32 Z/Stencil, 8 Color



Compatible Motherboards

AMD's A-Series APUs sport a new socket--the FM1 socket--that requires a compatible motherboard. Here's a sampling of available FM1 socket-compatible motherboards.

GA-A75M-UD2H Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
  • Supports up to 32 GB DDR3 (1866 MHz)
  • 1 HDMI; 1 DVI; 1 DisplayPort; 1 VGA
  • Up to 8 USB 2.0; up to 4 USB 3.0; 1 eSATA
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F1A75-M ASUS F1A75-M Pro
  • Supports up to 64 GB DDR3 (1866 MHz)
  • 1 HDMI; 1 DVI; 1 VGA
  • Up to 10 USB 2.0; up to 6 USB 3.0
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GA-A75-UD4H Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H
  • Supports up to 32 GB DDR3 (1866 MHz)
  • 1 HDMI; 1 DVI; 1 DisplayPort; 1 VGA
  • Up to 10 USB 2.0 ports; up to 4 USB 3.0; 1 eSATA
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F1A75-V ASUS F1A75-V Pro
  • Supports up to 64 GB DDR3 (1866 MHz)
  • 1 HDMI; 1 DVI; 1 DisplayPort; 1 VGA
  • Up to 10 USB 2.0; up to 6 USB 3.0; 1 eSATA
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GA-A75M-D2H Gigabyte GA-A75M-D2H
  • Supports up to 16 GB DDR3 (1866 MHz)
  • 1 HDMI; 1 DVI; 1 VGA
  • Up to 6 USB 2.0 ports; up to 4 USB 3.0; 1 eSATA
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F1A75-M ASUS F1A75-M
  • Supports up to 64 GB DDR3 (1866 MHz)
  • 1 HDMI; 1 DVI; 1 VGA
  • Up to 10 USB 2.0; up to 4 USB 3.0
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 4.7 x 4.3 inches ; 10.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B006J420UE
  • Item model number: AD3870WNGXBOX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 5, 2011

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This processor works great.
Anthony C. Sweeeney
It is however nice to know this can handle some of these games if I decide to play them.
Sergio
Money well spent in my opinion... and based on my needs.
Toda

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ben on March 24, 2012
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I like this "APU" because it didn't cost too much and it's great for my home theater type PC (silverstone GDO5 case). It is a pretty fast processor giving me a windows experience index WEI score of 7.3 on the CPU and 6.7 on the graphics (which is done by the APU, no PCI-E card installed). I also own the A6-3500 APU and it's great too. This A8-3870k does run quite a bit hotter than my A6-3500 which is a 65 watt processor. I Just mention that because in a smaller case for HTPC the A6-3500 would be a better choice, that little APU is probably the best value I've seen in a long time (I have a "review" of that also).

Why did I get this APU? Well it's "unlocked" and was only ten bucks more than the A8-3850, that made it an easy decision for me. I've been building/overclocking pc's for years and I just like the flexibility. My ASUS FM1a75-M Pro does not respond well to overclocking the front side bus, so having an unlocked multiplier is nice. I have not tested the overclocking potential yet because I'm using the stock cooler and my case doesn't have room for anything other than the Scythe Big Shuriken low profile cooler.

Why do you want this processor? If it's to do some hardcore gaming your barking up the wrong tree. If it's to be a budget friendly jack of all trades computer with good performance then this is the cats meow. I use this as a home theater pc, casual gaming, and office work.

UPDATE:

I added the ASUS HD 6670 1GB card that's here on Amazon. For those that are interested in Crossfire with the APU (a main selling point) the 3dmark11 score is about 2500 and the 3dmark Vantage score is about 9350. How good does that stack up to the competition?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike on February 12, 2012
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Not as avid a gamer as I once was. So I can live without having the best vid card and fastest processor out. This is a great value and delivers enough performance to play just about any game with medium to high graphics settings (assuming you are playing 1920x1080). Runs very cool as well. The CPU to buy if you don't feel like breaking the bank on the top of the line CPU/Video Card combo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mr tank on February 21, 2013
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i bought the a8-3870k from what i heard from friends it was a pretty good cpu and they were right it doesn't slow down at all no matter what i thow at it the only problem i have that i noticed it runs alittle warmer then the a6-3600 i was using before but it just could be me but over all it is one heck of cpu and it overclocks nicley
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vishnu Rao on April 22, 2012
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At 139.99 its a little expensive vs the competition. But the performance/watt ratio is significantly high to offset the higher price. Especially considering the fact that the graphics performance is equal (mostly) to the low end discrete cards like the GT 240, Radeon 6450, Radeon 6570 etc.

One con is that this CPU (or rather APU) does not have a turboboost. Something that I wish it had.

Secondly this is a 100W APU. But it runs pretty cool. No heating issues for me.

My only gripe is about the fan. The stock fan is a little too loud for my taste. I have the APU inside a LianLi PC-Q11 case. My intent was to build a HTPC. So quietness is a big factor here. The fan quietened a bit after I enabled CPU temperature based fan speeds. This brought down the fan speed from 3200 RPM when it was going full ON to about 2200 RPM. Still the whine is noticeable in a quiet room, but if the TV is playing or there is some background noise then its drowned out!

I have overclocked it to 3.7 GHz on air and still stable. But the power consumption goes up significantly and so does the fan noise. So I am back to stock speeds.

Overall, I highly recommend this APU. If you are looking for something that has good CPU performance plus good graphics performance then this is it. This does not give you the best CPU performance or the best graphics performance, but it gives you a good amount of both in one package.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oklahoman10 on October 26, 2012
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I bought this for my first cheap gaming rig for around $87 and it has worked wonders. Since this is an unlocked processor its easy to overclock and is definitely worth OC'ing at least the Graphics portion of this APU. Make sure to buy at least 1600mhz RAM if you are using this. It will give you much better graphics results. Just by setting my RAM to run at 1600mhz instead of the default 1333mhz that all RAM runs at, the graphics card automatically overclocked from 600-800mhz. Since I want to keep the longevity of my APU, I have decided not to OC the processor and run it that way 24/7. The 200mhz boost received allows me to play even Skyrim at medium-high settings without lag. Getting both my processor and graphics card capable of running anything that I want to play for only $87 was the best deal I could ever get. Definitely recommend this for cheap gaming rigs. ^^
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gmodman6230 on June 26, 2012
This CPU is very good value. Seeing as this is my first ever computer build, I though the APU crossfire with a 6000 series radeon sounded very appealing. I have it running crossfire with my PowerColor Radeon 6850 and it gives me great performance. It runs GTA IV without breaking a sweat. While gaming, it reaches about 60 degrees farenheit on the stock cooler. When I ran 3dmark11 with my graphics card overclocking, the system got a 3349. Pretty good for such a cheap CPU. There are a lot of CPUs out there that are much better for gaming, but this one works well as long as you are not runniing games like skyrim or battlefield 3. I might be overclocking this CPU soon too, so look for performance updates.
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