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Newegg has the AMD A8-3850 OEM Llano APU for $119.99 shipped after coupon code EMCJHKD47 (expires 12/12). Obviously this is the OEM version so it does not include a stock CPU cooler. Newegg has had a hard time keeping the retail A8-3850 in stock, which could be because of yield/manufacturing issues with Global Foundries, high demand, or a combination of the two. For those that don't know, the CPU is similar to the Athlon II X4 but is made on the 32nm process and has double the L2 cache (4x512KB vs 4x1MB) and has a 400 shader GPU built-in (hence why it's called an APU). It's the fastest integrated graphics to date. I built an HTPC with the A8-3850 at 1.6GHz 0.875v which gave me 25W idle, 44W CPU load, and 70-80W gaming load (this is complete system power draw from the wall).
Edited by Ben the OCer - 12/14/11 at 7:31pm
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I built an HTPC with the A8-3850 at 1.6GHz 0.875v which gave me 25W idle, 44W CPU load, and 70-80W gaming load (this is complete system power draw from the wall).
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That's crazy efficient.

400 radeon cores is nothing to sneeze at. That'll definitely play new games on low smoothly, even at high resolutions. Sure beats other Integrated video, where you're lucky to get 20-30fps on low at 800x600. tongue.gif
     
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That's crazy efficient.
400 radeon cores is nothing to sneeze at. That'll definitely play new games on low smoothly, even at high resolutions. Sure beats other Integrated video, where you're lucky to get 20-30fps on low at 800x600. tongue.gif
I haven't had much time to test games due to only having a 32GB SSD and being limited by the 60W power adapter (I'm planning to get a 120W one soon, I used the Habey EMC-800S super small Mini ITX case). I did try Crysis and it was fairly playable at 1920x1080 on medium detail. For more information you can check out my build log.
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Would love to get one, but what about the HSF are all AM3 compatible coolers able to work on socket FM1?
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post #5 of 12
How would an A8-3850 system handle a single GTX 560Ti for a decent gaming HTPC? Can you even use Nvidia cards on the FM platform?
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They are compatible with AM3 HSF's. I've got a HTPC build with the A4-3400 and I snagged a cooler at MC (though I don't recall which one) It's built like the old thermaltake orbs are kind of.
In the end I don't see much better temps, nor was I able to achieve a better OC with the new cooler-- of course it was with a different chip in the family.
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Thanks eskaryo smile.gif
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@Majin -
You wouldn't want to build this with an nvidia card. The APU can pair with an AMD card which you can use to run dual graphics - with an nvidia card running the show all you have is a lower performance quad core cpu.
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Well I already have an extra 560Ti that I want to use for a new build I will hook up to my home theater. Just want to do decent gaming and watch movies/browse etc. I need a cpu and mobo (have everything else) and the FM1 and A8 are the cheapest I can get. Would they be insufficient for what I want to do?
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Well I already have an extra 560Ti that I want to use for a new build I will hook up to my home theater. Just want to do decent gaming and watch movies/browse etc. I need a cpu and mobo (have everything else) and the FM1 and A8 are the cheapest I can get. Would they be insufficient for what I want to do?

Yeah, not really what you want to do. If you just want to have a small HTPC on the cheap that you can run you 560Ti in, I would go with an H67 series chipset paired with an i3. This will be the best bang for the buck;
Example:
Foxconn H67S for $65 shipped
Celeron G530 for $52 shipped. Since you want to use your gpu, this will work just fine. Note that this setup will only run stock speeds (no overclocking). Also, you pair this with basic 1333 ram as that is the max for most of these small boards.

These together cost what the AMD chip costs alone and would be a much better match to your 560.
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