Here you can see the AMD A6-3500 series APU. Pretty much as big as any other Phenom or Athlon II processor you have seen. This one has a Northbridge and a GPU merged into it though. And it makes all the difference.
AMD 'A' series APUs will not fit on Socket AM3/AM3+ though, the processors have a new socket design called FM1. Your Socket AM3/AM3+ CPU cooler however remains compatible with FM1. We fitted the good old OCZ Vendetta cooler without any issues.
Here we can see the laser inscription on the APU. The SKU codename as you can see is AD35000JZ33GX.
We'll be testing the APU on an A75 based motherboard from ASROCK, model A75 Pro 4.
AMD A6 3500 APU review We look at entry level hardware, for a great deal you get some processor power and actually quite some decent GPU power all harbored inside that processor. We'll go even weirder though, as today we'll be testing a triple core APU, yes that is an APU with three physical CPU cores activated, instead of the four you expected. This three CPU cores product was actually announced back in August already but now finally seems to be available in good volume in the stores, at the nice price of only 70 EUR here in the Netherlands.