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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|CPU Model Family||Information not provided||FX Series Six Core FX 6300||unknown||A Series Dual Core A6 5400K|
|CPU Model Speed||3 GHz||3.5 GHz||4.1 GHz||3.6 GHz|
|CPU Model Socket||AMD - FM1||Socket AM3||NA||NA|
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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 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.
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 A8-3870K 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 A8-3870K APU
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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 |
AMD is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions for work and home. Learn more at the AMD Store at Amazon.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?Read more ›
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.
Yes, its an older processor with only four cores (compared to my even OLDER AM3+ FX-8320, which has 8 cores), but just like my FX-Processor for my other desktop, this has the ability to be overlocked. I personally find this a nice option to have, especially when I'm on a deadline and I need to render a video for work. However, I won't be pushing the processor too much. With that being said, even with 4 GB of RAM (soon to be upgraded to of 8 GB Ballistix Tactical Series Memory w/ a GeForce GTX 750Ti), it really does add a bit more kick to my OEM's overall performance.
I was told not to purchase this processing chip because it would be cheaper to buy a whole new computer than upgrade an old one (I beg to differ for me personally), but I am happy to say that I am not regretting that decision of this purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't work is junk I do not recommend seller blaming me saying I overlooked it when I have full gaming PCPublished 2 months ago by Joshua Criss
I have been using this since 2012 and I have to say I regret buying it every day. The performance is poor, I probably would have been better served getting a single core celeron... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JWJ87
Seller has made no attempt to replace the fan=doesn't fit!
Processor works great but I paid extra for the fan, and it doesn't fit my mother board at all. Read more
This was my first CPU upgrade on a factory HP p6- 2003w PC. It replaced an amd E2-3200 stock CPU. It's great and the fact that its unlocked is a plus. I've got up to 3. Read morePublished 6 months ago by daniel sheppard
Great processor even though it's outdated. I eventually purchased an I7 4790K but this processor served me well when I was using it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mish
Best FM1 cpu/apu you can buy , ranks up there with the older Intel Quad Core of the day , granted old socket and cpu but feel was a good buy for a entry/mid level gaming rig I... Read morePublished 13 months ago by 101TRUK