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2006. That was the year where the product we are reviewing today was first consummated and the year that AMD and ATI merged in a $5.4 billion deal that many read about scratching their heads. At the time the pairing of a the 2nd place microprocessor company with the 2nd place graphics technology vendor might have seemed like an odd arrangement even with the immediate benefit of a unified platform of chipset, integrated graphics and processor to offer to mobile and desktop OEMs. In truth though, that was a temporary solution to a more long term problem that we now know as heterogeneous computing: the merging not just of these companies but all the computing workloads of CPUs and GPUs.

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AMD Llano Architecture
Llano's architecture has been no secret over the last two years as AMD has let details and specifications leak at a slow pace in order to build interest and excitement over the pending transition. That information release has actually slowed this year though likely to reduce expectations on the first generation APU with the release of the Sandy Bridge processor proving to be more potent than perhaps AMD expected. And in truth, while the Llano design as whole is brand new all of the components that make it up have been seen before - both the x86 Stars core and the Radeon 5000 series-class have been tested and digested on PC Perspective for many years.
For today's launch we were given a notebook reference platform for the Llano architecture called "Sabine". While the specifications we are looking at here are specific to this mainstream notebook platform nearly all will apply to the desktop release later in the year (perhaps later in the month actually).




caveman-jim over at rage3d just linked PCPerspective's new Llano article:

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Edited by ragejg - 6/13/11 at 11:09pm
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Meh intel is better performance wise, only AMD lasts longer on a charge i'd say AMD is better for a netbook. But for $700...
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AMD is off to a good start with a 6% IPC increase over Phenom (previous gen x86). Bulldozer should be a much bigger increase
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Disable gpu portion then see how far 32nm phenom chip can overclock?
    
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The CPUs don't best Intels but that has already been established that it wouldn't. AMD is aiming for graphical performance. I like the power saving switching feature that the APU has as well.
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Meh intel is better performance wise, only AMD lasts longer on a charge i'd say AMD is better for a netbook. But for $700...
700 is the TOTAL system build cost. All thing considered, a rig will most likely be built for under that once it hits retail.
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Cant wait to see the price of a netbook/notebook with an A8 =) I hope it will be around 500$!
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I like how they threw in GTX485m, GTX460m and the GTX540m for some of the Sandy bridge test.........since Intel's IGP can't really run 3DMark 11. But this doesn't really tell us anything new. Fusion APU's will mop the floor with sandy bridge cpus in games and Sandy will rape the apus in cpu intensive tasks. But a fine read nonetheless!
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