AMD A8-3850 APU Quad-Core Processor (AD3850WNGXBOX)
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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.
- Dual-graphics capability enables improved speed, enhanced resolution and fast frame rates.
- 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.
- Unbelievable power at an unbelievable price.
- Immersive multi-monitor capabilities with AMD Eyefinity technology.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description
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.
This 2.9 GHz AMD A8-3850 APU combines four 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 A8-3850 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.
Traditional PC architecture with separate central and graphics processing units.
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.
Brilliant HD: Every Pixel Matters
Complementing the quad-core processing power of the AMD A8-3850 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 A8-3850 APU
AMD Radeon Graphics
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Max DDR3 Speed
AMD Radeon HD 6550D
GPU Clock Speed
GPU Peak Compute
Render Back Ends
ROPs (Raster Operations)
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.
|Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H ||ASUS F1A75-M Pro |
|Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H ||ASUS F1A75-V Pro |
|Gigabyte GA-A75M-D2H ||ASUS F1A75-M |
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't expect miracles - this is a very capable APU using the new AMD F1 socket (be careful installing the APU...lots of tiny pins), and competes well with i3 or i5 processors. I tested it with CrossfireX enabled and disabled, and definitely recommend adding the extra HD 6670, 6570, or 6450 graphics card. Under normal use, you would never know the difference - using HD 3D or intense graphics demands, and the integrated HD 6650 gets stressed when working alone. For an AMD product, this is one of the best yet. Being a usual Intel fan, it was difficult to to steer away from my comfort zone. However, the cost-savings to acceptable performance index was the factor that influenced my purchase. This product line is for you, budget-builders!
The Windows Experience Index is 6.7 out of 7.9 for this build (Processor 7.3, Memory 7.6, Graphics and Gaming Graphics 6.7). I pulled my good hard drives out and put WD Caviar Blue 6.0 Gb/s drives in for a cool and quiet HTPC, unfortunately reducing the overall index to 5.9 (just the hard drives). That is right, the hard drives will hold you back...
Bottom-line: Great processing power, Excellent 3D capable 1080p graphics (both Blu-ray or HD streaming) built-in with full DirectX 11 support. I suggest taking advantage of the Hybrid CrossfireX Dual Graphics capability. Most HTPC builds will not require a discrete graphics card addition, however. The average user will be impressed.
Windows 7 Performance Information: Processor 7.3, Memory 7.4, Graphics 5.9, Gaming Graphics 6.6, HD 7.6.
-- When the system boots it sees my 8GB's ram. It takes .5 of that and gives it to the video processor leaving only 7.5 for the OS. Not a big problem, just something to note.
-- Media center works great (specs below). I use XBMC and WMC witching live TV, streamed MKV, MPEG2, MPEG4 and other audio video files.
My system build (works great)(Photo's included)
-- SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case GD05B (Black)
-- Gigabyte AMD GA-A75M-UD2H (rev 1.0) Mother board
-- AMD A8-3850 APU with AMD Radeon 6550 HD Graphics 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core
-- Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800)
-- OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
-- Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB SATA III Hard Drive - WD20EARX
-- Pioneer Internal 12x Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer BDR-206DBK
-- AmuletDevices remote control and IR Receiver
-- Antec (Neo HE650)(NeoPower 650) 650 Watt Power Supply
-- IOGEAR Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball
I'm pleasantly surprised by the WEI I get, my lowest score was a 5.9 for the Windows Aero stuff but all other scores were 6.6 and higher. Like I said I am new at this and since it didnt need much tweaking for the use it is getting I didnt try to crank the bios too much.
Lots of people on here do this all the time and will be able to give better more in depth information but I can tell you as a noob that using this processor with a good Gigabyte motherboard makes the process very easy. Next up, something a little more challenging, a gaming system.
It handles 1080p videos without a hitch with the integrated graphics. Much better than Intel offerings in terms of integrated graphics. Low power consumption.
Sub-$400 build it was put in:
AMD A8-3850 APU
BIOSTAR TA75M Motherboard
4GB (2x2GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 1600 RAM
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Hard drive
380W Antec Earthwatts PSU
Rosewill R101-P-BK Case