PROS # Low cost of the platform # Connectivity (graphics, USB3, S-ATA3) # Reasonable power consumption # GPU-performance
CONS # -
Award Editor's Choice Award!
To wrap the performance figures up, it's no surprise that the new APU can't match the CPU-oomph of the Phenoms and higher spec Intel-models, but that's not really the point, either. The thing is, these A-series APUs are never even meant for high performance use, but rather designed to offer ENOUGH performance for most uses, and indeed for regular office, and especially HTPC-needs the 2,9 GHz quad core is all you'll ever going to need.
The graphics, on the other hand, proved very capable indeed, it's in a whole different league when compared to the older IGPs, and makes entry level graphic cards useless. It also packs DX11 and all the connectivity you could ask for.
Overall then, the Lynx offers good CPU- and GPU performance at reasonable power consumption and with excellent connectivity and looks like a very tempting platform for a number of uses. In fact, I hope I can keep the test hardware and build myself a new combined HTPC/file server out of these components.
Not good. Not good at all. All of the recent Llano "wins" have been in low end (hence low ASP and low margin) notebooks and netbooks. Here's yet another sub-$500 example. Sad, really. It reminds me of the same kinds of crappy systems Turions ended up in. We all know how poorly AMD did last time its volume was in this segment.
Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor: AMD Quad-Core A8-3500M Accelerated Processor 1.5GHz with TurboCORE Technology up to 2.4GHz (4MB L2 Cache)
Graphics: AMD Radeon™ HD 6620G Graphics with 512MB of dedicated system memory, supporting Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD3), OpenCL® 1.1, Open GL 3.2, OpenEXR High Dynamic-Range (HDR) technology, Shader Model 5.0, Microsoft® DirectX® 11
Memory: 4GB DDR3 System Memory, upgradable to 8GB
Storage Drive: 640GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive
Optical Drive: 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
Display: 17.3" HD Widescreen Ultrabright™ LED-backlit LCD Display, 1600x900 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio