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"...Revolutionary in all the Right Ways" (1) - AMD A-Series APUs Rack up Accolades, Leap Over "Sandy Bridge" "...Revolutionary in all the Right Ways" (1) - AMD A-Series APUs Rack up Accolades, Leap Over "Sandy Bridge"
     
 
 
AMD's Fastest APU,
AMD A8-3850:
Enabling Brilliant HD graphics, supercomputer-like performance, and blazingly fast application speeds.
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Play DirectX® 11 games up to 50% faster with an AMD A8 APU-based PC featuring AMD Radeon™ HD 6690D2 dual graphics (vs. Intel Core i5 and Nvidia discrete graphics-based PC).²
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"The AMD A8-3850 provides an excellent balance between video and number-crunching performance that you simply can't get from Sandy Bridge chips." - PC Magazine¹
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AMD's A8-3850 APU vs. Intel's Core™ i5 2300
AMD Quad-Core A8 Series APU Box "We win – that's our competitive positioning,"³ recently proclaimed Sasa Marinkovic, Sr. Manager, Desktop Client Product Mktng, on how the A-Series APUs stack up against Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs.  Judge for yourself in a head to head comparison.

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A Warm Welcome for the AMD A-Series APUs
Reviews of the AMD A-Series APUs are in, and according to many expert beholders, the AMD A8-3850 APU is no less than "revolutionary"..."the winning choice"..."a new level".4

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AMD Dual Graphics Technology: The Power of Two6
AMD Dual Graphics Pair any AMD A-Series APU powered desktop system with select
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 series graphics cards to enable impressive multitasking power, increased frame rates, higher-resolution imagery, plus immersive game play with multi-monitor support thanks to
AMD Eyefinity technology.7

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Direct Silent Chill with ASUS HD 6770 and HD 6670 DirectCU Silent Graphics Cards8
ASUS HD 6770 The new ASUS HD 6770 DirectCU Silent and HD 6670 DirectCU Silent graphics cards feature effective passive cooling and solidly-built power delivery components. The 0dB DirectCU Silent fulfills users' desire for quiet gaming and entertainment. Both cards support the latest DirectX®11 technology, AMD HD3D technology8, and AMD App Acceleration9 to help give consumers a smooth, high quality 3D video playback experience.8

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New Component Channel offer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution™
Deus Ex Human Revolution™ AMD announces a new offer with the highly anticipated title, Deus Ex: Human Revolution™ developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix! Buy select AMD products and get a FREE* copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution™11. This title is optimized for AMD technology and supports  the following features:
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1. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2387829,00.asp

2.Testing done in AMD Performance Labs measuring frames per second (fps) while playing DiRT 2 using mainstream settings at a resolution of 1680x1050. The AMD A8 Dual Graphics-based PC reported 60 fps while the Intel Core i5 with Nvidia graphics-based PC reported 40 fps. Scores report the average fps, rounded to the nearest whole frame, of the best of 3 runs.  The AMD A8 Dual Graphics-based system consists of an AMD Quad-Core A8-3850 APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 6690D2 Dual Graphics (AMD Radeon HD 6550 Discrete-Class graphics plus AMD Radeon™ HD 6670 discrete graphics), 8GB DDR3-1600 system memory, a Real SSD C300 hard drive (256G) and Microsoft Windows Ultimate 64-bit.  The Intel Core i5 2500k CPU desktop platform consists of the Intel Core i5-2500k CPU (Sandy Bridge), Nvidia GT440 discrete graphics, Intel P67 Express Chipset, 8GB (4x2GB), DDR3-1333 system memory, a Real SSD C300 hard drive (256G) and Microsoft Windows Ultimate 64-bit. DTLY-C14

3. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/30/amd_a_series_chips_launched/

4. Cited coverage links:
PC Magazine: AMD A8-3850
Hispazone: AMD Fusion Llano A8 and A6 for desktop PCs
XtremeHardware.it: AMD Llano A8-3850

5. http://www.msi.com/news-media/news/1277.html

6. AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics requires an AMD "A" series APU plus an AMD Radeon™ discrete graphics configuration and is available on Windows® 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows® 7 Home Premium, and/or Windows® 7 Home Basic OS. Linux OS supports manual switching which requires restart of X-Server to engage and/or disengage the discrete graphics processor for dual graphics capabilities. With AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics, full enablement of all discrete graphics video and display features may not be supported on all systems and may depend on the master device to which the display is connected.  Check with your component or system manufacturer for specific mode capabilities and supported technologies

7. AMD Eyefinity technology works with games that support non-standard aspect ratios, which is required for panning across multiple displays. To enable more than two displays, additional panels with native DisplayPort™ connectors, and/or DisplayPort™ compliant active adapters to convert your monitor's native input to your cards DisplayPort™ or Mini-DisplayPort™ connector(s), are required. Maximum number of configured displays may vary—check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies. SLS ("Single Large Surface") functionality requires an identical display resolution on all configured displays.

8. These are not claims or statements by AMD. For more information please visit ASUS at http://www.asus.com/

9. AMD HD3D is a technology designed to enable stereoscopic 3D support in games, movies and/or photos. Requires 3D stereo drivers, glasses, and display. Not all features may be supported on all components or systems – check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies. A list of supported stereoscopic 3D hardware is available at http://www.amd.com/HD3D.

10. AMD App Acceleration is a set of technologies designed to improve video quality and enhance application performance. Full enablement of some features requires support for OpenCL™ or DirectCompute (including AMD’s Universal Video Decoder (UVD)). Not all products have all features and full enablement of some capabilities and may require complementary products

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12. AMD Eyefinity technology works with applications that support non-standard aspect ratios, which is required for panning across multiple displays. To enable more than two displays, additional panels with native DisplayPort™ connectors, and/or DisplayPort™ compliant active adapters to convert your monitor’s native input to your cards DisplayPort™ or Mini-DisplayPort™ connector(s), are required.  AMD Eyefinity technology can support up to 6 displays using a single enabled AMD Radeon™ graphics card with Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems – the number of displays may vary by board design and you should confirm exact specifications with the applicable manufacturer before purchase.  SLS (“Single Large Surface”) functionality requires an identical display resolution on all configured displays.


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