AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Review

Author: MAC
Date: August 2, 2011
Product Name: A6-3650
Part Number: AD3650WNGXBOX
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Last month, after many years of development, AMD finally released a new class of desktop processors based off of the Fusion architecture. Naturally, we are speaking of the Llano A-series of APUs and the accompanying Lynx platform. This new platform consists of the A8, A6, A4 and E2 series of Accelerated Processing Units along with FM1-socket equipped A55 and A75 motherboards. While we've already had the opportunity to review the flagship A8-3850 model, which we found worthy of our Dam Good Value and Dam Innovative awards due to its affordable price and the excellent performance of its integrated GPU, the more budget friendly A6-3650 also caught our attention.

Initially, AMD have released two A-series quad-core processors without AMD’s Turbo Core Technology; the A8-3850 and A6-3650. Both of these processors feature 4MB of L2 Cache (1MB per core), support for 1866MHz DDR3 and Dual Graphics (more on this in an upcoming section), but there are some noteworthy differences between the two. While the 3650 is clocked 300Mhz lower than the 3850, the main differentiating factor between the A8 and A6 series is the graphics co-processor installed onto the APU die. With the A8 APUs there’s a 400 core, 600MHz HD 6550D included while the A6 uses a HD 6530D sporting 320 cores and lower clock speeds AMD describes a “Discrete-Class GPU Experience” for these Llano APUs but remember, there are many different levels of discrete GPUs and a mere 320-400 Radeon cores won’t be enough for most experienced gamers.

As is their custom, AMD has aggressively priced their new APUs in order to cater to the lower-end/mainstream segment of the market. While the A8-3850 has a retail price of around $135 USD, the A6-3650 can found for about $120 which allows it to better compete with the $125 Intel Core i3-2100. On paper this might not sound like a great value since the Sandy Bridge chip obviously has significantly better CPU performance than Llano, but as you will see in the coming pages the APU's integrated Radeon GPU more than evens out the scale.

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