AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Review

CoD: Black Ops, AVP & Stalker

AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Review

Call of Duty : Black Ops

 

CoD:Black Ops, a very popular FPS is another ideal benchmark for our A8-3850 APU.

 

With all settings cranked up, the game play was not particularly fluid. It goes without saying that a dedicated graphics card is necessary to really play this game to its fullest potential.

 

The clouds of slideshow doom lift, where average framerates rise to a more sensible average of ~33fps. While the game is now playable, we're a little dubious as to whether this would suit many gamers. At this stage, it is beginning to look as though the Radeon HD 65xx based graphics is being constricted by a lack of dedicated memory.

Aliens vs Predator

Given how the A8-3850 began to crumble at higher game settings in both Far Cry 2 and Call of Duty : Black Ops, we didn't have much hope for Direct X 11 hit, Aliens vs Predator. Regardless, we felt that it might be worth a try.

Want to play AVP without a dedicated graphics card? Forget it.

Stalker : Call of Pripyat

We will conclude our testing with Stalker using both High and Low in game settings.

 

Its really not happening, here. It was however to be expected as Stalker is by no means the easiest game to tame.

 

Lowering in game settings improved the situation however the fluidity was still a little weak for our liking.

While our gaming test results seem poor, please do not lose sight of the fact that this was tested with an Integrated Graphics Processor with absolutely no dedicated memory. Given that in most cases, minimum frame rates were well over double figures in these recent gaming releases, we can only be impressed.

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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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