Here you can see the AMD A8-3850 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 of the APU. The SKU codename as you can see is AD3850WNZ43GX.
We'll be testing the APU on an A75 based motherboard from ASROCK, model A75 Pro 4.
AMD A8-3800 Llano processor review 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.