AMD A8-3850 APU review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 06/29/2011 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Hardware and Software Used
Now we begin the benchmark portion of this article, but first let me show you our test system plus the software we used.
ASROCK A75 Pro 4
- AMD A8 3850
GeForce GTX 580
2x4096MB DDR3 1866 MHz CAS9 G.Skill RipJaws
Power Supply Unit
BFG 1200 EX Watt (DXX PCIe 2.0 model)
Dell 3007WFP - up to 2560x1600
OS related Software
Windows 7 64-bit
DirectX 9/10/11 latest End User Runtime
Geforce 263.09 WHQL
Software benchmark suite
Far Cry 2
Battlefield Bad Company 2
A word about 'FPS'
What are we looking for in gaming performance wise? First off, obviously Guru3D tends to think that all games should be played at the best image quality (IQ) possible. There's a dilemma though, IQ often interferes with the performance of a graphics card. We measure this in FPS, the number of frames a graphics card can render per second, the higher it is, the more fluently your game will display itself.
A game's frames per second (FPS) is a measured average of a series of tests. That test is often a time demo, a recorded part of the game which is a 1:1 representation of the actual game and its gameplay experience. After forcing the same image quality settings; this timedemo is then used for all graphics cards so that the actual measuring is as objective as can be.
Frames per second
very limited gameplay
average yet very playable
best possible gameplay
- So if a graphics card barely manages less than 30 FPS, then the game is not very playable, we want to avoid that at all cost.
- With 30 FPS up-to roughly 40 FPS you'll be very able to play the game with perhaps a tiny stutter at certain graphically intensive parts. Overall a very enjoyable experience. Match the best possible resolution to this result and you'll have the best possible rendering quality versus resolution, hey you want both of them to be as high as possible.
- When a graphics card is doing 60 FPS on average or higher then you can rest assured that the game will likely play extremely smoothly at every point in the game, turn on every possible in-game IQ setting.
- Over 100 FPS? You have either a MONSTER graphics card or a very old game.
The A8 series processors are entry level to mid-range targeted processors (well -- APUs). So we are looking at reasonably up-to okay CPU performance versus a rather kick ass integrated GPU, and all that for prices that are very interesting. Today's tested A8 3800 APU will cost roughly 89 EUR, and you get a whole lotta CPU/GPU for that money.
AMD A8-3850 APU review
Combine the power of a CPU and a GPU then tie a Northbridge into that product and boom -- AMD calls the end product an APU. We take a look at the AMD A8-3850 APU in combination with the new A75 motherboard chipset. Let's have a peek at what AMD brings to the table.