AMD A6-3500 - Llano integrated-graphics processors

6/22/2012 9:18:12 AM
A6-3500 of AMD lies at the bottom of the Llano integrated-graphics processors’ line of AMD. What we impressed by the premium A8-3850 is the combination between the reasonable 2D application performance and excellent 3D performance from the onboard graphics, and we felt that A6-3650 - which is cheaper – is a real bargain, though it isn’t as fast as it due to its lower specification.

A6-3500 uses the same technology with A6-3650, which has 320 stream processors running at 443MHz. However, its processing power reduced tremendously due to 3 instead of 4 cores running at 2.1GHz rather than 2.6Hz. Like Sandy Bridge’s processor of Intel, Llano cores can speed up whenever they need more power; this usually happens in case applications only use 1 core, therefore, the processor can speed up its core pace without becoming overheated.

Description: AMD A6-3500

This processor is equipped with lower TDP processor than the powerful Llano chipsets – 65W instead of 100W; during the light image editing benchmark, it mainly remained 2.4GHz.

Nevertheless, it is definitely not a fast processor. In spite of its 53 scores in the image editing benchmark which is not much inferior with A6-3650, its cores are less than A6-3650 and leads to its not good performance in the multithreaded video-encoding and multitasks benchmarks. This PC would be suitable for not only office work but also web browsing, the 38 overall scores prove that this processor isn’t suitable for the heavy workload. 

Yet this chipset has its own position in gaming. During running Dirt 3 in 1280x720 at High details without anti-aliasing, we recognized 28.5fps, similar with A6-3650. This speed is just enough for playing, and quite impressive for such cheap processor.

Speed demand

Description: AMD A6-3500

In order to speed up, an option for you is combining the processor with the AMD Radeon HD 6450 512MB graphics card in the CrossFire mode. With $32.5-costed card, a great improvement in 3D performance will be shown; we still run Dirt 3 in 1280x720 with High details and activated anti-aliasing 4x, and it resulted in smooth 38.1fps speed.

Weirdly, the combination between A6-3500 and HD 6450 seemed to be a little bit slower than the similar graphics card goes along with A6-3650, regardless they bear nearly the same resemblance in 3D performance – the slower general processing power of A6-3500 might make the difference. However, when we replaced with our reference graphics card Radeon HD 5770, we still saw its speed at 34.5fps in 1920x1080 with Ultra details and 4x anti-aliasing; as a result, the processor can’t pull back the powerful graphics card.

A6-3500 of AMD has great 3D performance on good chipset and ability in creating a suitable gaming system with the addition of a cheap graphics card in CrossFire mode. Nevertheless, its 2D performance is as good as a budget laptop; as a consequence, those who want to accomplish heavy workloads such a video-encoding need to find another option. It is reasonably cheap chipset but we make a recommendation that you should pay more £30 for a faster A6-3650.


Comments:  Good for 3D game, but A6-3500 has its outstanding 2D performance.

Processor: 3 cores runs at 2.1GHz, FM1 socket, 100MHz external bus, 3 L2 cache 1024KB, 65W TDP, and 1 year warranty.


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