The AMD A8-3500M APU Review: Llano Is Unleashed

Benchmark Results: Metro 2033

We’re benchmarking Metro 2033 twice to show what Dual Graphics is capable of. Let’s begin with the DirectX 9 code path, where this feature has no benefit:

Dual Graphics does nothing here, and again penalizes performance compared to the discrete Radeon HD 6630M.

In any case, the A8-3500M APU can’t achieve an average of at least 30 FPS, reaching only 24.7 FPS at 1024x768 (the benchmark would not run at 1024x600). Llano does perform a lot better than Intel’s HD 3000 Graphics however, almost doubling its performance.

Now we’ll run the same benchmark in DirectX 10 mode:

The DirectX 10 results don’t appear much different from what we’ve already seen. Dual Graphics appears to have no effect until 1920x1080, where it shows a very slight lead over the discrete Radeon HD 6630M. Intel HD Graphics is once again left in the dust.

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  • Jay_83
    Hmm. Mixed feelings about this one. One the one hand, it's less impressive than I wished for. On the other, it's obvious AMD has done some good work here, in more than one direction.
    Ultimately, We'll have to wait and see what Trinity has to offer to give the final word. Here's hoping Bulldozer throws a serious punch. I'm sure we'd all like to see AMD back in the game, and not just in notebook space.
  • aje21
    If you want us to look at this as the end of entry level discrete GPUs for light gaming, how about comparing it to the GPU running at its real speed? Once you have a real price for an APU+M/B you can put it up against a similar spec/price CPU+GPU+M/B to see how they compare.
    If the transcoding performance was worth having (and supported by Windows 7 in Media Center) then this could be an HTPC route...
  • daglesj
    Chaps, you are wasting your time commenting on the UK version of the article. All the comments are over on the US version.

    Why they cant pull the 'shared' article comments together I dont know.
  • Anonymous
    Seems like the Turbo CORE was simply turned off... Perhaps it needs more than enabling it in the BIOS. Like in case of Cool'n'Quiet, that you has had to enable in Windows, as well?
  • silverblue
    ajaraSeems like the Turbo CORE was simply turned off... Perhaps it needs more than enabling it in the BIOS. Like in case of Cool'n'Quiet, that you has had to enable in Windows, as well?

    Yeah, by selecting Minimal Power Management in XP or Balanced in Vista/7.
  • wild9
    daglesjChaps, you are wasting your time commenting on the UK version of the article. All the comments are over on the US version. Why they cant pull the 'shared' article comments together I dont know.


    I've often thought the same..I wish all the UK and US comments could be combined. I discovered the duality by accident, and also noticed that the UK version of the article has 4 comments, whereas the US had 4 pages. I am grateful for all this tech news..I just wish the comments section could be combined. Also, if they could send the spammers to Mars..that would be a nice bonus.