AMD A8-3850 CPU review

SuperPi:

In SuperPi we run the 8M run to really see a performance difference and we can see that the A8-3870 actually is about 8 seconds faster but if this overclocks well we should see similar speeds.

Overclocking:

We were not able to raise this to more than 105 from the stock 100 which means that there is really no point to share any overclock results, I read that these can be very hard to overclock in some cases and even having an external videocard will break the overclock but our sample was a lost cause unfortunately.

Conclusion:

Well as we noticed we were not able to overclock this unit at all really. A few MHz was all we could push out of our sample, this doesn’t mean however that this model does not overclock at all because I have seen some nice results on other sites. The issue was that our sample just locks up immediately..

I could see getting this CPU if you want to get an inexpensive rig or perhaps put it in a HTPC. It has enough power to run games at low resolutions and also HD quality movies so that’s why I’m thinking it would suit well for a HTPC with its low power usage.

Pros:
+ Price/Performance
+ Stability

Cons:
Overclocking

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