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Old February 1, 2012, 06:54 PM
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Default AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano APU Review Comment Thread

Being the newest and highest-end addition to AMD’s A-series APU lineup, not only does the A8-3870K feature the much raved about integrated Radeon HD 6550D, but it comes with fully unlocked multipliers for both the CPU and GPU portions. This ensures that it will be easier than ever to extract every bit of additional performance from this budget-oriented Fusion-based processor.


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Thanks for the review, MAC!

I'm thinking hypothetically here, but it would be rather interesting to replace the graphics half of the Llano with a giant L3 cache and release that contraption clocked at ~3.5ish GHz (EDIT + unlocked multi). We know Athlon II is crippled by the way it has no L3, so the CPU half of Llano should pass the Phenom 980 and knock at the door of the Core i3 if it had L3 cache. (Well it's either that or somehow pair it with RAM clocked at 3 GHz )
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Thanks for the review, MAC!

I'm thinking hypothetically here, but it would be rather interesting to replace the graphics half of the Llano with a giant L3 cache and release that contraption clocked at ~3.5ish GHz (EDIT + unlocked multi). We know Athlon II is crippled by the way it has no L3, so the CPU half of Llano should pass the Phenom 980 and knock at the door of the Core i3 if it had L3 cache. (Well it's either that or somehow pair it with RAM clocked at 3 GHz )
Would essentially just make it a Die shrink of a phenom processor you mean? which is what a lot of people have been asking for.

P.S nice review, great overclock on the IGP

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Thanks for the nice review of this APU!
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Perfect CPU for someone who wants an internet box that can play games if they feel like it.

Great review
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Once again, another incredible HTPC component.
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This CPU seems like a pretty decent buy. In the next upcoming year I'll be building a rig for my mother in law and I'll certainly consider this option as it should make for a good all around computer.
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Nice review MAC.

[Nit-pick: Last page IGP OC table has 3870K vs 3870K, should be 3870K vs 2150.]

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Would essentially just make it a Die shrink of a phenom processor you mean? which is what a lot of people have been asking for.

P.S nice review, great overclock on the IGP
Seeing AMD latest "roadmap", that unfortunately won't be happening, though a Phenom die shrink would probably get more attention than the upcomming Piledriver, but this dead horse has been beaten enough already.
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This CPU seems like a pretty decent buy. In the next upcoming year I'll be building a rig for my mother in law and I'll certainly consider this option as it should make for a good all around computer.
Built one for the wife, I haven't had time to play with it, but also have had no complaints from her yet either. It was a straight forward build, no issues whatsoever. Price point is great.
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