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AMD A6-3650 review

The cheaper Llano Lynx Accelerated Processing Unit lays it all out

Our Verdict

Excellent combined integrated graphics performance and CPU power for a reasonable price

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Price
  • Performance
  • Overclocking capability

Against

  • Slightly immature drivers

AMD's flagship model of its new A-Series range of desktop Llano Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) – the AMD A8-3850 – launched last month. At the same time, AMD announced a cheaper, less powerful APU, the A6-3650 – which we have now jammed into our test bench.

If you haven't heard about AMD's Fusion technology before, then the term 'APU' might be a new one to you. The APU is a hybrid chip bringing together both the CPU and GPU and sticking them onto a single die.

Before your eyes glaze over and the moaning starts about integrated graphics being about as much use as a chocolate teapot, hold on, because in the A-Series of APUs, the graphics performance is really rather startling. But more about that later.

This isn't the first incarnation of AMD's Fusion technology, but it is by far the most powerful.

The first Fusion APUs (codenamed Ontario and Zacate, versus the current codename, Lynx) had very low power ratings (Ontario 9W, Zacate 18W). They were aimed at the ultra-thin notebook market where, it has to be said, they didn't exactly set the world alight.

Likewise the first of the Llano chips, the A8-3500M, was aimed at the notebook market, although it made a much more favourable impression this time around.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power100 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6530D
Product FamilyA6
Clock Speed2.60 GHz
Processor SocketSocket FM1
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification72.7°C
Width40 mm
Depth40 mm
L2 Cache4 MB
Product SeriesA6
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product ModelA6-3650
Product NameQuad-core A6-3650 2.6GHz Processor
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberAD3650WNGXBOX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amd.com
Marketing Information

Brilliant HD entertainment beckons. With quad-core speed and discrete-class graphics, VISION A6 Technology with the AMD Quad-Core A6 Series Accelerated Processor lets you experience the next dimension of entertainment. Shoot, edit and share your own HD movies effortlessly. Watch Blu-ray 3D movies. Video chat, surf the Web and listen to music at the same time. Or flee into the insanely lifelike arena of HD 3D games. Stay cool doing it all. AMD enables superbly energy-efficient desktops and notebooks with "all-day" battery life.

Process Technology32 nm
Package Contents
  • Quad-core A6-3650 2.6GHz Processor
  • AMD-Qualified Heatsink/fan with Thermal Interface
  • AMD Processor Case Sticker
  • Certificate of Authenticity
Limited Warranty3 Year