AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Llano APU Review

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CPU-Z, GPU-Z and Windows Index Score

AMD A8-3850 APU Stock Clock Settings

Here is a CPU-Z v1.58 screen shot of the AMD A8-3850 APU to show you what everything looks like with the latest version of CPU-Z.  The processor
has a base clock of 100MHz with a multiplier of 29. There are four x86 cores that each have 128 KB L1 cache (64KB data and 64KB instruction) along with 1MB of L2 cache per core. The AMD A6 and A8 series are not Black Edition processors, so that means they feature  a locked
multiplier that you can lower the in the BIOS. We haven’t heard any rumors about unlocked or Black Edition Llano APUs. It should be noted that this processor doesn’t have a ‘Turbo Mode’ on it, so it is either running at 2.9GHz or at an idle state of 800MHz as seen below.

AMD A8-3850 APU Stock Clock Settings

When the ‘Lynx’ platform is at an idle the APU multiplier drops down to 8 and the core speed of the processor is just 800MHz.

AMD A8-3850 APU GPU-Z

The latest build of GPU-Z is 0.54, but it doesn’t properly detect the Radeon HD 6550D GPU. The Radeon HD 6550D has 400 shader cores and a clock speed of 600MHz.

AMD A8-3850 APU Stock Clock Settings

We get people asking about the Windows Experience Index Score all the time, so we thought we’d toss it up here for the A8-3850 processor.  For our test system, that you can see the details on the next page, we had a base score of 6.7 with the lowest subscore being from the Radeon HD 6550D GPU that is inside the AMD A8-3850 APU.  The AMD A8-3850 APU has a subscore of 7.3, which is very impressive for a $135 processor! We had some issues with the Crucial C300 on the AMD A75 chipset, but after updating the drive to firmware version 007 the issues that we were seeing went away.  If you happen to be using a Crucial C300 series SSD like us be sure to update the firmware!

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