$135 AMD A8-3850 slaughters Sandy Bridge for graphics

AMD desktop Llano APUs hailed as ‘new budget king’

AMD announced the launch of the desktop versions of the ‘Llano’ Fusion A-Series of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs).

The chip maker said that the new AMD A8-3850 and A6-3650 processors will "enable a high-performance experience for desktop users, including brilliant HD graphics, supercomputer-like performance, and incredibly fast application speeds."

With the new desktop APUs launched, AMD also lifted the embargo on reviews of the new chip. Techspot’s A8-3850 review said that rival Intel’s Sandy Bridge, which provided a considerable boost to in graphics performance, had still failed to make entry-level graphics cards obsolete.

However the new $135 AMD A8-3850 was found to consistently outperform discreet cards such as the GeForce GT 520 and Radeon HD 6450. Techspot described the AMD APU graphics performance as "on another level" to Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7 2600K, calling processor ‘the new budget king.’

Techspot said that while the APUs were unlikely to set performance enthusiast hearts fluttering, budget systems stood to benefit and that the A8-3850 "looks like it’s going to be a real winner for AMD."

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