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I would love a club to track Mobile Llano overclocks on laptops, but 90% of my time here is at work where lots of things are blocked (like google docs). So I'll just share my experience.

Why Llano?
Well I am deployed to Afghanistan. I wanted a cheap laptop to bring that I could play some games on, skype, email, movies and not be terribly devastated if I broke it.

Laptop Info:

Price Paid: $399
CPU: A6 3420m
Ram: 4gb (upgraded to 8Gb for $20)
Screen: 15.6" Matte 1366x768
HDD: 500Gb 5400rpm
Other: Wifi, Bluetooth, DVDRW, Island keys are nice

General opinions:
Overall I like this laptop for the $400 I spent. Performance is very impressive. I thought windows would feel sluggish compared to my desktop, but it feels surprisingly responsive. The screen leaves a lot to be desired. It's only 1366x768 so smaller text isn't super clear but it works decent. There is also the question of the matte screen. It's very nice when there are lights glaring on it, but the contrast and colors feel pretty poor. I regularly play side by side with a friend here who has a 17" Toshiba laptop with the glossy screen. His screens colors are much more poppy and look a lot better, but the glare is pretty bad on it. This laptop has an island keyboard, simply put I love it. Very impressed with the keyboard! The touchpad seems to work well, multitouch and all. I have a Gateway i3 laptop at home that has a horrid touchpad that frequently stops responding. So this is a great change from that. The laptop is pretty light, it's made out of a lot of plastic. I wouldn't imagine it to be super durable if you were to beat it up or drop it. I like the texture they put on the lid, makes that part feel a little more substantial. The hinges for the screen feel very nice and sturdy. There is no latch to hold the screen down when it's closed. Non issue for me, but worth mentioning. I was also happy this laptop came with 3 usb ports. Seems a lot of cheaper laptops have less. So overall, I'm happy I bought it.

Performance:
Well how does Llano perform as a CPU? Surprisingly well! I was worried that between the lower performance of an AMD cpu and a 5400 rpm hard drive that windows would feel slow and sluggish, especially compared to my desktop. After 2.5 months of use, windows still flies just as much as it should. Absolutely no problems with general browsing, music, movies performance.

I was also a little worried that the A6 wouldn't have enough power to run newer games. This surprised me as well! I've played the following games on Low/Medium settings at my default resolution. All these games are very playable.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Fallout 3
Starcraft 2
World of Warcraft
Dragon Age Origins
Mass Effect
Stalker
Titan Quest Immortal Throne

Overclocking:
Ok, I don't overclock GPUs on my desktop because they already run plenty hot, and I hate heat. So I was extremely hesitant to overclock this laptop. I guess the thing that got me to do it was the feel of lag in Titan Quest no matter what settings I put it on. I could go all low at 800x600 and still stay in the 30-35fps range. So I decided to overclock.

Here is a pic of stock speeds. I loaded with Prime 95 after an hour to 83C at all stock settings. This is one thing I do not like about this laptop, cooling seems poor. That Toshiba 17" I talked about previously has the A6 3400m in it, and it loads at 63C. Could be the bigger chassis, or Toshiba went with better cooling than Samsung.
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Now here is where things got really interesting. I was able to undervolt and overclock the CPU by an amazing amount. I went from 1.5Ghz to 2.0Ghz, Turbo went from 2.4 to 2.6. Best thing other than the obvious added performance? 80C load temps. Thats 500Mhz faster (25% overclock) and it loads 3C cooler!
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Now I was able to get up to 2.4Ghz, but I couldn't get it stable. 2.2Ghz was stable, but it ran 86C which is above stock and I would rather have it cooler. That Toshiba laptop ran up to 2.4Ghz and it was still only loading 76C.

Conclusion:
I'm obviously an enthusiast, and if you read my avatar I am a PC gamer. I love my desktop, but for the cheap and on the go, Llano has seriously impressed me. Good work AMD!

Feel free to ask any questions, however, I will not be able to run any benchmarks as internet here is not fast enough to download them.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz 24/7 MSI P67 GD55 Gigabyte GTX 1070 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128GB, 3TB HDD, 1TB HDD Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 64bit Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Dell S2716DG 1440P 144hz Gsync TN Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz Epson Pro Cinema 9500UB 1080p Projector (110") Razer Black Widow Ultimate BF3 Edition (orange) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX750 Corsair 400R Steelseries Rival Steelseries QCK+ 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DG Astro A40 V Moda Crossfade LP Logitech Z5300 
Audio
Denon 1909 + 7.1 infinity surround 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
A6 3420 HD 6520G 8GB 500GB 5400RPM 
MonitorKeyboard
15.6" 1366x768 Generic with numberpad 
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