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

CPU Benchmarks: Content Creation

Now for a look at content creation benchmarks, starting with 3D modelling and rendering:

3ds Max and Blender only benchmark the time it takes to render a 3D scene, but Cinebench measures both rendering time (green result) and window responsiveness (blue result). See how Intel dominates the rendering task across all three programs, but Cinebench is the only benchmark that exposes the GPU’s ability to display smooth viewport frame rates? Intel is left behind in this test.

Switching from 3D in Cinebench to 2D in Photoshop puts the impetus on processing cores. Our benchmark employs a number of threaded filters to best tax multi-core processors. Intel has an indisputable lead.

Intel maintains a lead in these two titles from Adobe, and the A8-3500M performs inexplicably poorly when it comes to After Effects. It seems unlikely that you’d want Llano driving a mobile video workstation.

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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.