AMD's new 3rd generation "A" series APU (Accelerated Process Unit) titled the A8 is a new breakthrough for quad-core based processors. It runs with a processing speed of 3.9GHz and attaches to the FM2 sockets (this socket is used by AMD APU's to connect to motherboards). Since it is capable with FM2 sockets it will run on most next generation motherboards with seamless and blazing fast interaction. It is coupled with a Radeon HD8570D GPU, which allows it to be one of the fastest APU's in the market. The extra power from an integrated GPU helps drastically improve performance in daily tasks. DirectX11 capable graphics helps your applications run at unprecedented speeds and take gaming to a whole new level. The A8-6600 also comes packed with a AMD Radeon Dual graphics that allows you to push your desktop to the extreme with the processing power of a combined quad core and graphics processor.
The processor comes with an unlocked clock and it can be over clocked to a 4.2 Ghz [Giga Hertz] to supply some extra juice to your processing requirements. It has a shared 2X2MB L2 cache along with a 128KB instruction cache and 64KB data cache. It is suggested that one use high memory with APU based processors to improve their performance significantly.
It uses a power wattage of 100 Watts to power the 3.9 Ghz quad core processor. It consumes very less power in idle situations ranging from 40-45 watts. This hardware comes with a 3 year warranty from AMD and weighs just 270 grams. Along with the processor you will also get an AMD qualified heat sink and fan and an installation manual.
About AMD A series processors:
AMD released a new set of multi core accelerated processors coupled along with AMD Radeon graphic chips to create a hybrid and energy efficient processor. They have a line of products in this series such as the A4, A6, A8 and the latest as the A10 processors. Each successive processors comes with improved processing (increased number of cores) and memory specifications. The newer models all use the advanced FM2 based sockets.
About AMD Radeon HD8570D GPU :
This graphics processor uses the latest DirectX11.1 capabilities to boost performance for all your gaming and video processing requirements. This has built in AMD ZeroCore Power features that conserve power in idle situations, AMD PowerTuneTechnology, to deliver performance computing in games and graphic applications and AMD CrossFire for multiple GPU configurations for different situations.
With 32 nm technology and a core speed of 844 Mhz [Mega Hertz] makes it's one of the fastest models in the Radeon HD family. This card has no dedicated memory and hence relies on the processing and memory size of the host system. It consists of 256 shader cores.
About the Brand
Advanced Micro Devices is a multinational semiconductor company that develops computer processors. It is the second in number for supply of microprocessors based on the x86 architecture. It is one of the most advanced companies in the CPU and GPU markets. It has a wide range of products in the desktop processor sector such as AMD FX Processors, AMD A Series APU's, AMD Athlon APU's, AMD Sempron APU's, AMD Phenom II CPU's, AMD Athlon II CPU's, AMD Athlon CPU's and AMD Sempron CPU's. The Sempron and Athlon series are the more affordable ones while the others pack in a high amount of computing performance. Apart from desktop processors, they also design chipsets, memory based products and server based heavy duty processors.
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