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How to Sell the AMD Quad-Core A8 Series Accelerated Processor

AMD is committed to keeping pace with the increasing visual requirements of today’s PC users. AMD’s fastest APU, the AMD Quad-Core A8 Series APU enables unsurpassed HD performance, incredible quad-core processing and ultra-realistic 3D gaming capabilities to:

  • Run memory-hungry applications with ease.
  • Immerse yourself in lifelike 3D games on multiple monitors simultaneously.
  • Watch your favorite Blu-ray movies in breathtaking detail.
  • Stay cool with superbly energy-efficient desktops.

Processing Power meets Power Efficiency (a.k.a. the Best of Both Worlds)

AMD APUs have the combined power of AMD x86 CPU technologies and discrete-class, DirectX®11 capable, AMD Radeon™ graphics on a single chip. It’s the best of both worlds. Their enhanced processing power and energy efficiencies enable sleek, small form factor PCs, sharp and clear videos, realistic and responsive games, and notebooks which can run longer between battery charges.


Five Things You Need to Know to Sell the AMD Quad-Core A8 Series APU

The AMD Quad-Core A8 Series APU features AMD Turbo CORE1 technology and 400 AMD Radeon™ cores for brilliant HD performance. Get ultra-quad-core muscle and APU versatility to meet your most demanding computing needs.


Feature #1: Discrete graphics experience without the cost of an additional component PLUS support for DirectX®11 optimizations.

How to Sell It: Brilliant HD Computing. Full HD Entertainment for content creation and consumption.

What it Really Means to the Customer: Over 3X the graphics performance of Intel.2 Take your HD experience to the next level when you combine the discrete-level graphics of AMD’s A-Series APU with AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics.4


Feature #2: Multi-core processing with up to 4 cores plus AMD Turbo CORE1 Technology for optimized performance where it’s needed most.

How to Sell It: Personal Supercomputing. AMD Turbo CORE1 Technology boosts and optimizes CPU and GPU clock speeds automatically to improve performance and efficiency.

What it Really Means to the Customer: 4-core multitasking performance or up to 300 MHz additional CPU frequency for lightning fast dual core performance. Quickly download and transfer movies, music, and games to your mobile devices.


Feature #3: Dual Graphics boosts visual performance up to 123% and elevates the system model number to showcase improvement.3

How to Sell It: AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics Synergy. AMD has it, no one else can do.

What it Really Means to the Customer: Up to 123% additive performance enables greater playable resolutions.3 Get the power of two when you add a qualifying AMD Radeon™ discrete graphics card for the most extreme visual and gaming performance.


Feature #4: Energy Efficient Form Factors

How to Sell It: Style and substance without compromise. Don’t let a noisy PC keep you from enjoying your digital entertainment.

What it Really Means to the Customer: AMD APUs enables an energy efficient design. Listen to your music, not your PC with AMD Cool’n’Quiet™ Technology.


Feature #5: Superior overall experience for less money.

How to Sell It: Discrete graphics experience with DirectX®11. Dual Graphics Capable. AMD App Acceleration.5 AMD Turbo CORE1 Technology. Unprecedented Value.

What it Really Means to the Customer: AMD Turbo CORE1 Technology accelerates graphics processor clocks when under a graphics intensive environment. For intensive non-graphics processing, AMD A-Series APU can boost up to 300 MHz. AMD Dual Graphics allows a discrete GPU and the APU GPU to work in tandem – the result is superior graphics with AMD on AMD than the competition, and more performance for less money than competitive configurations.


Learn more about the AMD Quad-Core A-Series APU




Footnotes and configurations

Additional hardware (e.g. Blu-ray drive, HD or 10-bit monitor, TV tuner, wirelessly enabled HDTV) and/or software (e.g. multimedia applications) are required for the full enablement of some features. HD Video display requires an HD video source. Not all features may be supported on all components or systems - check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies.

1 AMD Turbo CORE technology only available on select AMD A-Series models.

2 Testing conducted in AMD Performance Labs using Future Mark's 3DMark Vantage P Score benchmark. The VISION A8 Technology reference design scores 3335 Marks while the Intel Core i5-2300 CPU scores 1007 Marks. 2011 VISION A8 Technology from AMD is represented by the reference design codename "Lynx", consisting of the AMD quad-core A8 3850 APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 6550 Discrete Level Graphics, 4GB DDR3-1333 system memory and Microsoft Windows Ultimate 64-bit. The Intel system consisted of an Intel Core i5-2300 processor, Intel H67 Express Chipset, 4GB (2x2GB), DDR3-1333 system memory, and Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. DTLY-C9

3 Testing done in AMD Performance Labs using 3DMark Vantage – Performance Benchmark as a metric for visual performance, in the best of 3 runs. The AMD A8 APU-based system scored 4038 marks while the AMD A8 APU-based Dual Graphics system scored 9021 marks. All scores rounded to the nearest whole number. The AMD A8 Dual Graphics-based system consists of an AMD Quad-Core A8-3850 APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 6690D2 Dual Graphics (AMD Radeon HD 6550 Discrete-Class graphics plus AMD Radeon™ HD 6670 discrete graphics), 8GB DDR3-1600 system memory, a Real SSD C300 hard drive (256G) and Microsoft Windows Ultimate 64-bit. DTLY-I7

4 AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics requires an AMD “A” series APU plus an AMD Radeon™ discrete graphics configuration and is available on Windows® 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows® 7 Home Premium, and/or Windows® 7 Home Basic OS. Linux OS supports manual switching which requires restart of X-Server to engage and/or disengage the discrete graphics processor for dual graphics capabilities. With AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics, full enablement of all discrete graphics video and display features may not be supported on all systems and may depend on the master device to which the display is connected. AMD Radeon™ “D” series and AMD Radeon™ “A2” Dual Graphics series do not support AMD Eyefinity technology Check with your component or system manufacturer for specific mode capabilities and supported technologies.

5 AMD APP Acceleration is a set of technologies designed to improve video quality and enhance application performance. Full enablement of some features requires support for OpenCL™ or DirectCompute (including AMD’s Universal Video Decoder (UVD)). Not all products have all features and full enablement of some capabilities and may require complementary products.

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