AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor (APU) Review

AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor (APU) Review

This is the 2nd APU we have at goldfries.com, first one being AMD’s E-350 seen in the Asus E35M1-M PRO Motherboard Review.

Today we have AMD’s Llano processor, a quad-core 2.9Ghz processor with 4MB cache and consumes around 100w of power on load. It also has an onboard HD 6550D GPU.

What is an APU?

The Processor

Ok well I said processor BUT I really would like to show the box – the APU with red packaging certainly breaks the traditional green themed packaging for AMD processors.

AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor (APU) Review

Here’s the processor itself.

AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor (APU) Review

And here’s a comparison between the Socket FM1 (left) and the Socket AM3 processors.

AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor (APU) Review

For those who are interested – the heatsink

AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor (APU) Review

AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor (APU) Review

Yes, it has copper core.

Now, for the APU itself……….

AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor (APU) Review

I’m using the MSI A75MA-G55 board with 2x 2GB DDR3-1333 with the APU, managed to overclock it to 3.6Ghz without even touching the vCore but looks like the system boosted it automatically.

AMD A8-3850 Llano Desktop Processor (APU) Review

Encoded the videos and converted the photos without any BSOD or crash.

The Processor Benchmarks

Canon Digital Photo Professional

Converting 16 18 megapixel RAW file (CR2 format) into JPG format.

CPUTime Taken
A8-3850177 seconds
A8-3850 @ 3.6ghz175 seconds
X6 1100T (6 core @ 3.3ghz)156 seconds

Quit some difference there. The i7 does show signs of utilizing multiple threads.

Arcsoft Media Converter 7

Converting a 1 minute 47 second video taken at 1080p 25fps from a Canon EOS 550D to H264 1280×720 (720p) video.

CPUTime Taken
A8-385041 seconds
A8-3850 @ 3.6ghz59 seconds
X6 1100T (6 core @ 3.3ghz)44 seconds

Yes – you saw it correct, no typo in the above. The A8-3850 at default 2.9Ghz was 3 seconds faster than the X6 1100T, but after overclocked to 3.6Ghz it’s nearly 20 seconds slower. I have no idea why.

Let’s go to the next page (links just below, just scroll down a bit.) for the GPU performance and the rest of the content.

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10 Comments




  1. Hi, i think the A8-3850 got a locked CPU multiplier at x29? anything higher than x29 might be fake result caused by this board. i saw some can get 11000MHz at CPU-Z haha…. fake world record.



  2. can u give me the step to enable the crossfire… mine seem can’t shows the crossfire tab… been using the latest CCC n driver… then uninstall n try this 11.6b still no luck


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