The A8-3650 is just what AMD needed before the release of Bulldozer. Zacate, Llano and soon-to-appear Bulldozer looks to give AMD a powerful 1-2-3 punch in the marketplace. OEM manufacturers are chomping at the bit at Fusion technology coupled with a nice mid performing processor, the A8-3650. Everyone is anxiously awaiting Bulldozer but AMD is well positioned with all Llano APU’s and they are not claiming it to be a performance monster by no means but in most common applications, Llano equals or outperforms processors such as Intel’s 2100K where they need it most.
Overclocking was a bit of a disappointment on the A8-3650,compared to the A8-3850. We achieved 3.9GHz + with the 3850 but fell short of 3.3GHz with the A8-3650 but hey, most mainstream users do not overclock and this should not be a deal breaker as the price runs $110 for a combination processor with a on die 6530D GPU.
Benchmarks show the A8-3650 performs very capably for tasks associated with mainstream computing and typical homeowner-type demands. Perhaps most notable is it performs very well in the more demanding tasks that push the mainstream envelope such as light duty gaming, video, and music. The addition of USB 3.0 really drives the performance in transfer speed, as many use external hard drives for data backup, transferring pictures and music amongst other applications.
Adding an additional graphics card is what separates the men from the boys here as a 6xxx series GPU can run in Crossfire with the on-die GPU, which is in our opinion, groundbreaking territory and the results show major gains in performance. Although mainstream users may not add an additional graphics card, the 6530D gives plenty of graphic performance as a standalone for light duty workloads; don’t expect this to be a gaming rig. However, on the more enthusiast slant, overclocking the A8-3650 gave a modest performance boost. Pair a lower end GPU and the A8-3650 provides the basis for quite an impressive and affordable little setup.
As we’ve come to expect from the folks at AMD, great computing value is the name of their game, and the Llano A-Series 3650 certainly continues that trend for the mainstream market.