AMD A8 3500M 

Released June, 2011
  • 1.5 GHz
  • Quad core
6.4 Out of 10

It's the most complex integrated core the world has ever seen.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
The chip itself is codenamed Llano and contains four cores derived from AMD's Stars processor architecture.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD A8 3500M among laptop CPUs (over 15W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

A8 3500M
5.8
E2 3000M
5.3
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

A8 3500M
5.4
E2 3000M
5.4
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

A8 3500M
6.0
E2 3000M
n.d.
Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

A8 3500M
7.1
E2 3000M
n.d.
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

A8 3500M
6.1
E2 3000M
5.6
Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

A8 3500M
n.d.
E2 3000M
n.d.
Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

A8 3500M
6.4
E2 3000M
5.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD A8 3500M

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

A8 3500M
32.32 mHash/s
Core i5 3210M
6.22 mHash/s
E2 3000M
n.d.

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

A8 3500M
0.3 fps
Core i5 3210M
0.97 fps
E2 3000M
n.d.

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 3500M
1,839
E2 3000M
n.d.

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 3500M
1,839
E2 3000M
n.d.

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 3500M
3,246
E2 3000M
n.d.

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 3500M
3,025
E2 3000M
1,733

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 3500M
917
E2 3000M
953

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 3500M
71,350 MB/s
Core i5 3210M
2,090,000 MB/s
E2 3000M
74,500 MB/s

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD A8 3500M


9.0
And while most decent discrete GPUs remain quicker, the 6620G is still a nice little core for casual gaming.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

Both discrete graphics and AMD's Crossfire multi-GPU technology is supported courtesy of 16 on-chip PCI Express lanes.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
Of course, the A8-3500M is a much cheaper chip designed for relatively low-cost laptops.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
It's not the 32nm transistors, the quad-core CPU or that game changing integrated GPU.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)

Socket

Combine that with those tiny 32nm transistors and you have a mobile CPU AMD claims is capable of both excellent performance and 10 hours of battery life.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
That means you get the so-called 4+1 ALU setup instead on the latest four-way symmetrical ALUs.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
The 3500M manages just 8.3 frames per second.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)

Multicore

Of course, the use of the Stars core means much of the Llano chip isn't strictly new.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
Strictly speaking, this is probably the slowest quad-core PC processor you can buy.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
It was all one way traffic until AMD launched its first fusion chips, the C and E Series processors based on AMD's new low-power Bobcat core.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)

Type of CPU

It's unambiguously a mobile processor designed for notebooks and laptops.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
The harsh truth is that most of Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 mobile chips will have the measure of the 3500M for plain CPU performance.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
AMD's new mobile chip is not a performance heavyweight in a conventional sense.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)

Laptop

With this new Fusion processor on the scene, we confidently predict there will be many more affordable but seriously effective thin and light laptops on the market.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
It's therefore the job of the new A Series APU, codenamed Llano, to do the same thing for AMD in the mainstream laptop and notebook market.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)
In short, Llano is a much more powerful chip than the C and E Series and it might just have what it takes to take the fight to Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 notebook processors.
by Tech Radar (Jun, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.4 GHz
Cores Quad core
Is unlocked No

features

Has a NX bit Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. AMD-V
  2. AMD64
  3. MMX
  4. SSE
  5. SSE2
  6. SSE3
  7. SSE4a
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU
Label Radeon™ HD 6620G
Latest DirectX 11.0
GPU clock speed 444 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type DDR3-1333

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 4 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 1 MB
L3 cache per core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Transistor count 1,450,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Die size 228 mm²
Clock multiplier 12
Voltage range 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.73 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.73 GHz

power consumption

TDP 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 4.51 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W
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