After looking upon the low end AMD Fusion platform, Brazos, it is now time to step up and test out the newer Lynx desktop platform, which makes use of the 32nm Llano APUs.
APU die Architecture
The AMD A-Series APUs are supported by the A75 and A55 AMD Fusion Controller Hubs. The A75 FCH provides SATA 6Gb/s and up to 4 USB 3.0 ports.
In addition to the already powerful discrete-class graphics, the A-Series platform also supports Dual Graphics with selected combinations of A-Series APUs and AMD RADEON HD 6400, 6500 and HD 6600 Series graphics, for boosting the performance even more.
The quad x86 32nm “Stars” cores along with two levels of DirectX 11 capable discrete-class graphics, can deliver amazing video and computing performance. The models present now on the market are A8-3850 and A6-3650; in the near future, AMD will launch A-Series APUs with Turbo Core technology, allowing the x86 and RADEON cores to dynamically enter Turbo mode for providing increased performance based on usage, while staying within the specified thermal limits. Officially, memory is supported at up to DDR3-1866 speeds in dual channel mode.
Integrated Graphics Architecture
Each APU can support single or dual-independent high resolution displays and provides exceptional multimedia capabilities with the 3rd generation of the Unified Video Decoder (UVD3) hardware decode support for H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, WMV, DivX, MVC and Adobe Flash.