Desktop A-series APUs land at Newegg


The first desktop accelerated processing units from AMD have arrived—and no, this time, benchmarks and pretty pictures aren't the only things on the menu. The AMD A8-3850 and A6-3650 are in stock at Newegg and selling for $139.99 and $119.99, respectively. Amazon has them too, although it charges slightly more: $142.77 for the A8-3850 and $122.37 for the A6-3650.

As we explained in our review, the A8-3850 is the flagship, while the A6-3650 is a slightly cut-down variant with a lower clock speed (2.6GHz, down from 2.9GHz), fewer graphics ALUs (320 instead of 400), and a lower graphics clock (443MHz instead of 600MHz). Both processors have 100W thermal envelopes. AMD did announce a couple of desktop-bound A-series chips with 65W TDPs, but those are nowhere to be seen right now.

AMD's pricing puts the A8-3850 a ways above the Core i3-2100, which costs $124.99 and has a faster CPU component, not to mention toe-to-toe with the Core i3-2105, a $139.99 model with quicker integrated graphics than the i3-2100. As we saw first-hand last week, however, even the i3-2105's integrated graphics lag considerably behind those of the A8-3850.

By the way, keep in mind that these APUs require new motherboards with FM1 sockets. Newegg has a few listed at prices ranging from $74.99 to $129.99. Just don't go trying to squeeze an A6 or A8 APU into a Socket AM3 mobo, and you'll be fine.

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