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True Fusion: AMD A8-3800 APU

True Fusion: AMD A8-3800 APU

Desktop Lynx platform that includes hybrid Llano processors has finally found its way to the consumers. Let’s take a closer look at it and find out how successful the combination of old Stars processor cores and a high-performance Radeon GPU actually is.

AMD A8-3850 Processor

AMD A8-3850 Processor

When AMD merged with ATI in 2006, they immediately began working on combining discrete level graphics onto the die with an x86 CPU, thus forming an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). In 2009, AMD expanded on that effort by launching VISION with the intent of shaping the performance of a PC to fit the needs of the user. Five years after the merger, AMD's design has come to fruition in desktop form. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is taking a look at the AMD A-Series A8-3850 APU.

AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Llano APU

AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Llano APU

When it comes to performance the AMD A8-3850 proved to be tough competition for the Intel Core i3-2105 processor, but to be fair both of the processors did well in certain areas and not so much in others. The one area that the AMD A8-3850 APU never lost in was when the Radeon HD 6550D GPU inside took center stage. We even used the Intel Core i3-2105 that features the recently updated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU. If you recall the original Core i3-2100 used Intel HD Graphics 2000, but both the Core i3-2100 and Core i3-2105 feature the same 3.1GHz clock speed. Regardless, the Intel HD Graphics doesn't stand a chance to the Radeon HD 6550D in game performance...

A8-3850 vs. Core i3-2100 CPU

A8-3850 vs. Core i3-2100 CPU

Following up the launch of CPUs with an integrated video controller for laptops two weeks ago, codenamed "Llano," AMD is finally launching their much anticipated CPU series for desktops with an integrated video controller. Let's check the performance of the new A8-3850 and how it stacks up against its main competitor, Intel's Core i3-2100.

Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge CPU

Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge CPU

The Second Generation of the Intel Core Processor Family took off this past January with many early adopters pleasantly surprised by the abundance of speed, updated technologies, and better graphics integration. The high-end option in the 2nd Gen family is the beastly Core i7-2600K. The i7-2600K takes on all the features of the 2nd Gen i5 series with 1 major addition to the specifications - Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. Join us at TechwareLabs as we discover the workhorse that is the i7-2600K CPU.

AMD Phenom 2 X4 980BE Cpu

AMD Phenom 2 X4 980BE Cpu

Time for another CPU review, today we have a sample of a Phenom 2 X4 980 cpu for testing that we are going to throw against an Intel CPU and a AMD CPU. Lets figure out how well these end up performing.

Intel Sandy Bridge On Fedora 15 Is Decent

Intel Sandy Bridge On Fedora 15 Is Decent

For those Intel "Sandy Bridge" hardware customers that may be trying out the recent release of Fedora 15, the experience is decent and is in much better shape than the troubling support in Ubuntu 11.04. It is not in tip-top shape as there are some recent optimizations in the Linux kernel and Mesa that haven't landed in Fedora 15 (at least not yet in the form of an update), but it's suitable overall.

Intel Smart Response Technology Explained

Intel Smart Response Technology Explained

Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) is designed to bridge the middle ground between traditional mechanical hard drives and solid state drives by combining the two. Although high capacity SSDs are quite expensive, low capacity units are much less expensive and achieve similar levels of performance. Intel's SRT lets you use a low capacity SSD to boost the performance of a mechanical drive by using the SSD as a cache.

Intel Core i5-2390T Processor

Intel Core i5-2390T Processor

We decided to conduct a sort of express testing and compare Core i5-2390T with Core i3-2100 (similar technically) and Core i5-2300 (similarly named). The question we'll try to answer is whether it's the fastest dual-core CPU, or just a good processor with an inappropriate model name.

Inexpensive AMD Processor Roundup

Inexpensive AMD Processor Roundup

We've tested most processors from Intel, but no due attention has been paid to a lot of CPUs from AMD. Today we shall make amends and examine as many as five affordable processors from this company.

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition AM3 Processor

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition AM3 Processor

Since its introduction in January 2009 AMD have offered a large range of various Phenom II series processors. These have ranged from the original AM2+ DDR2 only quad core Phenom II X4 920 and 940 processors right up to the current AMD flagship processor the Phenom II X6 1100T, which was reviewed here on eTexnix in December 2010.

Today we take a look at the Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition which is a dual core processor of which each core operates at 3.3GHz, however being a Black Edition it has an unlocked Multiplier which allows easy overclocking aimed at more the enthusiast cost concious customer.

Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Hex-Core Processor Performance

Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Hex-Core Processor Performance

When you are looking the build the best performing desktop, there is only one route to go, that's with an Intel chip. If you are looking for the best of the best Intel chip you will be looking at the latest hex-core processer, the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme. There are a number of tests today that the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition processor excelled at today. Mainly anything that was heavily threaded. Anything that had to do with number crunching like wPrime or video rendering like the x264 HD Video benchmark was dominated by the Core i7 990X Extreme...

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition AM3 Processor

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition AM3 Processor

As i type away on my quad core processor with its eight threads i can somewhat feel that a bit of light word processing isn't really pushing its power to the max. Obviously when i need its four cores for some video rendering or photo work, it's ready and waiting. Not everyone needs that amount of computing power though, and it would simply be money wasted.

This is why AMD have continued to keep focus on dual core processors, but have still been squeezing higher clock speeds out and coming up with the the AMD Phenom II X2 555 dual core 3.2GHz AM3 processor that we're looking at today. Also, did we mention it's part of the Black Edition range?

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU-Processor

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU-Processor

Today AMD releases the Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition into the market place. This speed bump before the launch of Llano reaches greater than 4GHz on air and achieves excellent performance. We take a look at what could be one of the last Deneb powered AM3 cores to hit the market from AMD.

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition

We thought we saw the last of the K10 based processors from AMD with the release of the Phenom X6 1100T BE and the Phenom X4 970 BE, but we were wrong. While we probably will not see any new six-core Phemoms until Bulldozer arrives, AMD has bumped up the fastest quad core by 100MHz and put out the Phenom X4 980 BE. The Phenom X4 980 BE runs at 3.7 GHz and costs $197, and will replace the current flagship quad core Phenom II X4 970 BE. Besides the 100MHz speed bump, there are no other changes to the processor. The processor still fits the 125W TDP, with 6MB L3 and 2MB total L2. It is still based on the Deneb core so users will not get TurboCore support like the six-core Thuban based processor.

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