AMD Announces Availability for the AMD Fusion A-Series desktop APU

AMD has just announced availability for the AMD Fusion A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) A8-3850 and A6-3650 desktop processors. The AMD A8-3850 and A6-3650 desktop processors will enable a high-performance experience for desktop users, including brilliant HD graphics, personal supercomputer-like performance, and incredibly fast application speeds.

Both the AMD A8-3850 and A6-3650 desktop processors combine four x86 CPU cores with powerful DirectX11-capable discrete-level graphics, and up to 400 Radeon cores along with dedicated HD video processing on a single chip. Only AMD Fusion APUs offer true AMD Dual Graphics, with up to 120 percent framerate increaase, when paired with select AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series graphics cards. Consumers can achieve performance of more than 500 gigaflops compute capacity and enjoy rapid content transfers via USB 3.0.

All A-Series processors are powered by AMD VISION Engine Software, which is composed of AMD Catalyst graphics driver, AMD OpenCL driver and the AMD VISION Engine Control Center. With this suite of software, users get monthly updates designed to improve system performance and stability, and can add new software enhancements.

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With a suggested retail price of $135, the AMD A8-3850 desktop processor operates at 2.9GHz (CPU) and 600MHz (GPU) with 400 Radeon™ Cores, 4MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 100W. The AMD A6-3650 desktop processor has clock speeds of 2.6GHz (CPU) and 443MHz (GPU) with 320 Radeon™ Cores, 4MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 100W. The suggested retail price of the AMD A6-3650 desktop processor is $115.

  • In an increasingly digital and visually oriented world, consumers demand more responsive multitasking, vivid graphics, lifelike games, lag-free videos, and ultimate multimedia performance. AMD A8-3850 and A6-3650 desktop processors enable these visually stunning end-user experiences.
  • FM1 motherboards for the A-Series APUs are available now from leading original design manufacturers (ODMs), including ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, ECS, Foxconn (Hong Hai Precision), Gigabyte, Jetway, MSI and Sapphire.

AMD A8-3850 and A6-3650 desktop processors are scheduled to be available for purchase through system builders and at major online retailers, including Amazon, CyberPower Inc., iBuyPower, Newegg and TigerDirect beginning July 3, 2011. Additional processors are scheduled to be available later this year. Here are the differences between the A-55 and A-75 chipsets and we note that offering SATA 3.0 is a first for any AMD chipsets:

AMD A8-3850 and A6-3650 desktop processors, and the corresponding FM1 motherboards, were created with desktop consumers and gamers in mind. Here is AMD’s FM1 APU and A-75 chipset.


  • Read about the AMD A-Series features and performance here.
  • Learn about the software advantage with AMD A-Series desktop processors here.
  • Follow all news from the AMD desktop team on Twitter at @AMDDesktop.
  • Get AMD VISION Engine Software updates on Twitter at @catalystmaker.

This is really exciting as AMD launches their A-series APU.  Unfortunately ABT had prior commitments and was unable to review this hardware in time for the launch.

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