AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Review

Photoshoot & Initial Impressions

AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Review

Photoshoot & Initial Impressions

 

The packaging itself is very much in line with Gigabyte convention, including everything that one usually needs to power up their new desktop computer. This includes four SATA cables, I/O shield, manual and driver disc.

AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Review     AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Review

Despite being an all new platform, gigabyte retains its unique blue colour scheme.The PCB layout is workable with no real surprises as such. Towards the rear, the I/O configuration is far from lacking; most users will be satisfied by this.

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Finally, the cooling system consists of well proportioned passive heatsinks. There is no reason to believe that this would not be adequate. The installation process was fault free.

AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Review     AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Review

Right, enough with the photography. Next up, we evaluate the raw CPU performance of AMD's new A8-3850 APU.

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Most Recent Comments

01-08-2011, 05:53:33

SieB
Good review Mul Quote

01-08-2011, 06:43:51

alienware
This is going to be a very hard product to review.

Mostly because there is nothing else like it on the market.

I'm a little confused as to why this was pitted against an I5 when the I5 is clearly far more expensive.

£103.99 inc for the Llano from Ebuyer, £137 inc for the I5.

The comparissons should be against the I3. Now sure, as a CPU the I3 is faster. However, the GPU aboard the 3850 poos on the I3 and is actually playable at sensible resolutions. Every other review I have read have pitted it like for like, so I can't understand why this has been benched against a CPU that puts another 35% on top of what the 3850 costs.

I can only summise it was because OC3D maybe didn't have an I3 to put it against?Quote

01-08-2011, 08:07:10

AxJaWz
I agree but nice review!Quote

01-08-2011, 09:45:52

jonowee
Oh FFS Gigabyte, I want vomit when I see SATA ports stick straight out of motherboard. Yeah this motherboard has some odd mix of price, IGP, and Crossfire capability.Quote

01-08-2011, 10:03:17

Mul.
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Originally Posted by SieB View Post

Good review Mul
Thank you. I haven't published anything since February - glad to have been able to help out a little

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Originally Posted by Z0mB13 View Post

I can only summise it was because OC3D maybe didn't have an I3 to put it against?
Bingo.

Indeed an i3 wasn't available to compare it with, however I had left hints along the way that the price of the A8-3850 accounts for its inferior core for core and clock for clock (gag) performance. However, I feel that the article was able to highlight what was most important. Entry level multimedia users don't need outright core processor performance - combine an average CPU with a good enough GPU and their most complex needs are satisfied. Intel's Atom + nVidia ION as well as AMD's own FUZION E350 is a testament to this.

I maintain that so long as you build a FM1 system in a cut price fashion, it represents very good value for money. However as I've said in the review, you've got to be bonkers to spend big £££ on a A75 FM1 board.Quote
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