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First Shots of AMD Llano, Socket FM1 in the Wild

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 6 comments

That's the APU... not of the Kwik-E-Mart.

Earlier this week, we learned that AMD was shipping finished Llano APU products to its OEM partners. They're not moving out in retail boxed form yet, as OEMs get the first crack to make machines around them.

"When we say we are shipping production units of any part for the first time, the next question I inevitably get asked is how does AMD define 'production'?" wrote Phil Hughes, Senior PR Manager at AMD. "When we talk about production here at AMD, it refers to the units that will ultimately be in the systems that our OEM partners will ship to retailers or end-customers."

Hughes added that customers should expect to see product within the next few months.

These quad-core parts are AMD's answer to the more performance-oriented desktop crowd, and it seems that at least one person out there managed to get their hands on an engineering sample.

The pictures you see here were found on a Chinese site. For those who were wondering what kind of socket that Llano would use, it appears that it'll be FM1.

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    silver565 , 10 April 2011 06:12
    I still have a feeling Intel will still reign king
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    wifiwolf , 10 April 2011 08:41
    Wow 0.39V on that speed - that must be UULV
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    CsG_kieran_2 , 11 April 2011 01:06
    More like SMUULLLV lol.
    Very nice work AMD.
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    Silmarunya , 11 April 2011 16:01
    silver565I still have a feeling Intel will still reign king


    Of course it will, Llano is a budget CPU that's meant for family desktops and other lower mid end PC's.

    AMD's attempt to beat SB (Bulldozer) is still a few months away.
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    wild9 , 11 April 2011 18:23
    Some interesting extracts from Godfrey Cheng's blog (see below).

    Mr. Cheng is Director, Client Technology Unit at AMD. Here he provides a comparative analysis of AMD Llano and Intel Sandy Bridge, and describes his views on AMD's approach to the needs of current and future markets.

    Quote:
    Exposing the Phantom x86 Bottleneck

    March 01, 2011

    http://blogs.amd.com/fusion/2011/03/01/exposing-the-phantom-x86-bottleneck/

    " “Llano” is aimed squarely at mainstream notebooks and desktop PCs.

    "It is great to see our competitor acknowledge the importance of graphics and video, but AMD has made much more tangible investments in these modern graphical and video centric workloads. Our CPUs are not x86 slouches, but our goal is not to achieve x86 benchmark supremacy because it just doesn’t matter. x86 performance no longer determines a consumer’s overall experience with their computer. The ability to handle graphics and video are much more critical.

    "We are no longer chasing the Phantom x86 Bottleneck. Our goal is to provide good headroom for video and graphics workloads, and to this effect “Llano” is designed to be successful. To be clear, AMD continues to invest in x86 performance. With our “Bulldozer” core and in future Bulldozer-based products, we are designing for faster and more efficient x86 performance; however, AMD is seeking to deliver a balance of graphics, video, compute and x86 capabilities and we are confident our APUs provide the best recipe for the great majority of consumers.

    Godfrey Cheng is Director, Client Technology Unit at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links sites and no endorsement is implied."


    So it seems like a case of 'don't judge a book by it's cover' when referring to performance. The market is increasingly moving away from traditional x86 CPU hardware. AMD is therefore aiming to meet current as well as future demand by offering the Llano APU hardware, which it claims is better by design: smarter, faster overall and cooler than the competition.
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    Silmarunya , 11 April 2011 18:35
    What Cheng says is true, despite being drenched in marketing speech.

    The demand that average applications place upon CPU's have increased slowly over the years and CPU power increased exponentially. We are now at a point where even an ULV CPU can run all but the most demanding applications smoothly.

    Graphics are another can of worms. IGP performance has increased slowly, while things like hardware acceleration are rapidly gaining importance.

    Overall, IGP's now hold back smooth computing far more than slow CPU's. And this is why Llano will be so great: good enough CPU, good enough graphics and low price. Intel can't offer the last two items on that list and thus fails to offer a compelling budget desktop offering.