In our introduction we already quickly briefed you on how AMD is going to position the Llano processor line in the A4, A6 and A8 segments.
AMD applies their Vision marketing at this new launch and is trying to simplify their naming and branding. Similar to Core i3, i5 and i7 from Intel, AMD is defining their 'performance' levels in an easier to understand schema as well: A4, A6 and A8.
And yes, it is funny to see how AMD on all levels increased the number a little, Core i3 -> AMD A4.
Now from A4, A6 and A8 the Llano processor architecture is completely the same. Underneath that heat spreader however AMD did clip out some features that do not just relate to clock frequencies.
For the A8 series everything is enabled, that means four CPU cores, and 400 shader processors for the GPU. The A6 series will get four CPU cores as well, yet only 320 shader processors for the GPU. For the A4 series we see just two activated processor cores and 240 shader processors for the GPU.
AMD's A4 series The A4 series A4-3400 is a 65W processor with 2 cores that run at 2.7GHz. There will also be an A4-3300 65W processor with two cores at 2.5GHz. These A4 models have 160 Radeon (shader processor) Cores with an integrated Radeon HD 6410D. The L2 cache is 1MB and the graphics GPU clock is 600MHz for the A4-3400 and 443MHz for the A4-3300.
AMD's A6 series There are three processors to be found in the A6 Series, the first is the A6-3650. It is a 100 Watt 4 core processor running at 2.6GHz. The A6-3600 is a 65W 4 core APU running at 2.4/2.1GHz (Turbo Core). The third APU is the A6-3500; it will be launched at a later stage, as a 65 Watt 3 core 2.4/2.1 (Turbo Core) APU. These processors have 4MB L2 cache pool except the A6-3500 which has 3MB (one core less). All three models have 320 Radeon (Shader) Cores at 443MHz. The graphics class is HD 6530D.
AMD's A8 series The leading Lynx series processors will be injected into the A8 series. There are two APU models to be found in A8 series, the A8-3850 rated at 100W running at 2.9GHz - a Quad Core processor. The other model is the A8-3000 rated at 65W, 2.7/2.4GHz (Turbo Core). Both APUs have a 4MB L2 cache and pack no less then 400 Radeon Cores with that embedded GPU running at 600MHz, comparable to a Radeon HD 6550D.
All A series APUs have a TDP of either 65 or 100 Watts and the integrated IGP runs 600 MHz at maximum.
AMD A6-3650 APU review AMD recently released the A8 series APUs and though not expensive they also released APU's that are even more affordable. Currently the A8 3850 APU will cost you roughly 110 EUR. Now if you can live with a tiny bit less performance then the A6 3650 APU can be spotted for 90 EUR already. Yep it still packs a nice 320 Shader cores... that's right. That's really a huge leap in performance for integrated graphics alright; though not as fast as the 400 SP counting 3850 of course. For those that immediately noticed it, correct -- these processors do not have a shared L3 cache. Anyway, we'll talk all about the features and architecture over the next pages of course.
So before we dive a little deeper into the performance of the processor review I wanted to quickly talk about the APU and the technology behind it.