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AMD Introduces A6-3500 Desktop APU

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More Fusion from AMD.

AMD today announced availability of a new member of its A-Series APU desktop processor family: the A6-3500.

The A6-3500 desktop APU combines three x86 CPU cores with 320 Radeon cores. For more graphical punch, users can pair the APU's graphical portion with select Radeon HD 6000 Series graphics cards.

The A6-3500 APU operates at 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost (CPU) and 444 MHz (GPU) with 3MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W. The AMD A6-3500 APU is designed for use with FM1 motherboards.

With a suggested retail price of $95.00 (U.S), the A6-3500 desktop APU is now available for purchase through system builders and online retailers.

Read more about the A-Series of AMD APUs here.

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    davendork , August 18, 2011 1:42 PM
    A big part of me doesn't want to hear anything else from AMD unless it's, "Hey everybody, here's Bulldozer."
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    torque79 , August 18, 2011 1:47 PM
    Davendork, I think 90% of readers of this site feel exactly the same way. Just shut up and get bulldozer out. Enough delays.
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    COLGeek , August 18, 2011 1:35 PM
    Just ordered my first A8 mobo/CPU. Looking forward to playing with the new tech. Very promising platform for mainstream uses.
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    COLGeek , August 18, 2011 1:35 PM
    Just ordered my first A8 mobo/CPU. Looking forward to playing with the new tech. Very promising platform for mainstream uses.
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    COLGeek , August 18, 2011 1:36 PM
    Should have typed A6 (brain cramp). Doh!!!
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    davendork , August 18, 2011 1:42 PM
    A big part of me doesn't want to hear anything else from AMD unless it's, "Hey everybody, here's Bulldozer."
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    torque79 , August 18, 2011 1:47 PM
    Davendork, I think 90% of readers of this site feel exactly the same way. Just shut up and get bulldozer out. Enough delays.
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    monkeysweat , August 18, 2011 2:09 PM
    i can hardly wait for a cheap 2 core version - HTPC dream!
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    quicksilver98 , August 18, 2011 2:16 PM
    Guys. They are releasing these chips as well. Bulldozer has a hard release date of Sept 18th.
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    wiyosaya , August 18, 2011 2:36 PM
    quicksilver98Guys. They are releasing these chips as well. Bulldozer has a hard release date of Sept 18th.

    I sure hope so.
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    nforce4max , August 18, 2011 2:39 PM
    Interesting how they left the mobile versions with unlocked multipliers while the desktop is locked. Worse higher wattage samples. Low clocks are the losing point of all the recent apu-s. I got a a4 3300m but at least it overclocks to 2.35ghz thus far but performance scaling isn't noticeable until 2.2ghz. The gpu is good though.

    WTB BD
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    bustapr , August 18, 2011 2:46 PM
    nforce4maxInteresting how they left the mobile versions with unlocked multipliers while the desktop is locked. Worse higher wattage samples. Low clocks are the losing point of all the recent apu-s. I got a a4 3300m but at least it overclocks to 2.35ghz thus far but performance scaling isn't noticeable until 2.2ghz. The gpu is good though.WTB BD

    my a4 3300m runs really hot at stock clocks when running games, how hot is yours overclocked?
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    geekapproved , August 18, 2011 3:19 PM
    See AMD's last priority is bulldozer, apparently it's everyone elses priority. AMD is playing the smart game, releasing products that can actually make them money. Bulldozer won't, that's why it's at the bottom of their "release" list.
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    bustapr , August 18, 2011 3:22 PM
    otacon72Even if it competes with Sandybridge, which it won't, Ivy will be out in 6 months putting it a generation behind....again.

    yay heres a cookie for you and your mom
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    Cygnus x-1 , August 18, 2011 3:29 PM
    lol
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    acadia11 , August 18, 2011 3:51 PM
    So, did Bulldozer get released yet. Until then, AMD is not allowed to make another announcement, if AMD has cured cancer, invented cold fusion, solved world hunger, and landed a manned mission to Mars they better not announce it unless it involves the words Bulldozer Released.
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    sykozis , August 18, 2011 4:27 PM
    otacon72Even if it competes with Sandybridge, which it won't, Ivy will be out in 6 months putting it a generation behind....again.

    Exactly how is AMD going to be "a generation behind" Intel?? They use completely different release schedules and product cycles.

    Intel uses the "tick-tock" release cycle. AMD uses the "we'll release a new product when we have a new product ready to be released" cycle. They make no attempt what so ever to keep up with Intel's release cycle.
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    silverblue , August 18, 2011 5:48 PM
    AMD might just be trying to maximise its income in order to put as much into Bulldozer as possible. They can't still be struggling with bad silicon.
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    irish_adam , August 18, 2011 5:49 PM
    otacon72The also make no attempt to release a competitive product as it pertains to the CPU market.



    yes and no, the high end processors are not where the money is, bulldozer could wipe intel out and yet their fusion APUs will still make them more money
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    silverblue , August 18, 2011 5:54 PM
    Not quite; a lot of AMD's money comes from the server business, an area they've lost a lot of market share in.
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    stm1185 , August 18, 2011 5:57 PM
    I really dont understand why anyone is using these A6 or A8 chips in desktop builds. Maybe if you have barely any money, but the performance level is so low that a i3 and a low end gpu would trump it.
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    ohim , August 18, 2011 6:05 PM
    otacon72The also make no attempt to release a competitive product as it pertains to the CPU market.

    This is because you know *** about markets and how the monney are made. Take for example Nvidia / AMD have the most powerfull GPUs yet they are not the leaders in GPU sales ... Intel is. So is not really about the top performance ... entry level and mainstream are the money makers not the enthusiast. And in entry / mainstream as you can see AMD is doing quite fine with competition.
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    The Greater Good , August 18, 2011 7:04 PM
    stm1185I really dont understand why anyone is using these A6 or A8 chips in desktop builds. Maybe if you have barely any money, but the performance level is so low that a i3 and a low end gpu would trump it.


    If you're looking for more GPU power, chances are you'd be buying a different platform anyways. This is aimed at the mainstream market that does no gaming, does not crunch numbers on the CPU or GPU and people within a lower budget. Not everyone needs the fastest tech out there. You wouldn't build a i7 2600k with a GTX 570 for an office computer that only would be running Word, IE and Outlook, would you?
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